Online safety / June 27, 2019

Parents: get the scoop on trending language used online

Kimberly Bennett

Kimberly Bennett

Sr. Project Manager, TELUS Wise

Children in circle texting

These days it can be tough for parents to keep up with the slang commonly used by young people in texts and social posts. The good news is that most viral and universal slang is harmless and fun, but there are some instances where code words and innuendos may be a cause for concern.

To help parents feel a bit more in-the-know, we’ve created a Social Dictionary listing some of the popular acronyms and phrases that are commonly used by youth in text messages, group chats and social posts. Read the full list and learn about the common social media apps that youth are using in the TELUS Wise guide to popular social media and messaging apps.

  • AF – as f**k, meaning to exaggerate or emphasize something, like “I’m bored af”
  • Savage – something that is really cool or really funny
  • Boujee – rich or acting snobbish
  • Salty – To be bitter about something or someone
  • Dead – something is really funny, “I’m dead”
  • Thirsty – Being desperate for something
  • Extra – Over-the-top or dramatic behaviour
  • Throw shade – To give someone a nasty look or say something unpleasant about them
  • Ghost – To ignore or avoid someone on purpose
  • V – short for “very”
  • Low-key – A warning that what’s being said should not be shared with others
  • 420 – Marijuana

To help stay up to date with what your kids are doing and saying online, remember to engage in ongoing conversations about the apps they use and why they enjoy them. If you come across language or content that you’re unfamiliar with – ask! Not only will you learn about their online interests and activities, you may uncover great opportunities to talk about online safety and privacy.

For more tips check out the Helping our Kids Navigate our Digital World guide or visit telus.com/wise.

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