Updated 21 May 2014

Sexting: are your kids doing it?

We rely greatly on cell phones, even for sex and dating. But it does become an issue when kids start using their phones for the same purpose as adults.

You know that song by Cole Porter: “And that's why birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it. Let's do it, let's fall in love.”

Well, it turns out your teens and young kids may also be doing it, and they could be doing right under your nose – thanks to sexting.

What is sexting, you ask?

A blend of the words "sex" and "texting", it is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or images between cell phones, a modern version of what we used to call phone sex. It originated in the early 2000's as teens became equipped with camera phones and, unlike phone sex it leaves little to the imagination.

And they even have a secret language that they use.

Here is a list of just some of the sexting terms you should be looking out for:

  • cu46 (see you for sex)
  • 143 (I love you)
  • TDTM (talk dirty to me)
  • RUH (are you horny?)
  • DUM (do you masturbate?)
  • JO (jerk off)
  • IWS (I want sex)
  • 8 (oral sex)
  • PAW (parents are watching)
  • PIR (parent in room)
  • POS (parent over shoulder)
  • GNOC (get naked on cam)
  • GYPO (get your pants off)
  • GNRN (get naked right now)
  • NIFOC (naked in front of computer)
  • YWS (you want sex?)
  • IIT (is it tight?)
  • FMH (f*ck me harder)
  • Q2C (quick to come)
  • WYCM (will you call me?)
Sexting is a natural progression among teens that are curious about sex and sexuality. But it can also have social and legal consequences. If you suspect your teen is sexting, you should talk to them about the dangers of sending out pictures.

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