A survey by online information site knowthenet.org.uk, has revealed that most parents are absolutely clueless about their teenagers online language.
The Telegraph reported that:
According to the study, 81% of teenagers use internet slang.
The research suggests these slangs may have grievious consequences as they relate to the presence of an adult and the possibility of meeting a stranger in the real world.
Overall, only 30 percent of parents of 10-18 year olds could correctly recognise six popular netspeak terms and their definitions.
32% of mothers were able to select the correct definitions compared with 29% of fathers.
They are: LMIRL, ‘frape’, YOLO, ASL, POS and trolling.
The least understood term was LMIRL (let’s meet in real life) with 8 per cent of the parents surveyed correctly defining it. (This means that parents may be oblivious of the fact that their teens plan to meet up with strangers they have chatted to online);
58% of parents of the parents identified “Trolling”;
Other terms included YOLO (you only live once – 23 per cent) and
the warning, POS (parent over shoulder – 28 per cent).
Site director Phil Kingsland said:
“Parents may find it frustrating that web language moves so fast, but they need to have some understanding of what’s going on so that they can engage with and support their kids through some of the greyer aspects of our cyber lives today.”
Internet speech has become an integral part of many teenagers’ lives, with 77 per cent of them admitting to using LOL (laugh out loud), 60 per cent using OMG (oh my God) and 36 per cent WTF (what the f***).
Parents how well do you know your children’s internet lingo? Take this quiz to find out.
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