When reading over the shoulder of a young persons internet chatting or mobile phone texting, one could be forgiven for believing they had come across a whole new language. And, well, you wouldn’t be far from the truth. The rise in technology has meant an enormous change in the way our kids communicate. To keep up with the speed of the changing environment, it apears to have become necessary to speed up the communication processes and hence these new languages of ‘chat speak’ and internet acronyms has evolved.
What does this mean for parents?
Well if you are going to have any hope of keeping on top of the challenges that face our youth through the increased use of technology, then it is essential we find out all we can about the cyber world. In this case…yes knowledge is power!
So whilst I am happy to give my kids some privacy in many areas, when it comes to the cyber world, our kids are just not getting the message about just how powerful a medium it is, and hence a little snooping over the shoulder certainly wont go astray. But to do so with any purpose…one may need to be equipped with some of the latest acronyms to help them decipher this new language!
Some common acronyms you may already be familiar with:
lol: laugh out loud
bf: boyfriend [Read more...]