I read a very interesting article posted on cnn.com a few days back and it’s been on my mind. The article was warning parents about some of the new acronyms on the street and how to stay hip. A few that have been forever burned in my mind include;
GYPO-Get Your Pants Off
PIR-Parent in Room
NIFOC-Naked in Front of Computer
CU46-See you for Sex
The rest of them baffled me too, as my first thought was sheer horror kids aren’t even attempting to spell out their thoughts anymore! How can a parent compete with that? How in the world am I supposed to hover over cnn, msn, Oprah and the likes to give me tidbits of information on ways to communicate with the bots that are now our children? My second thought was, of course, a personal one. Are my kids using this language? We have two children with cell phones and I take a cruise around the phone every once in a while but the truth is with Kick, SnapChat, text messaging and email how in the world are we supposed to keep up?
I believe the answer to that question is relative to two very important things in a relationship between parent and child;
If your child isn’t responsible or trustworthy than they more than likely are not ready for a cell phone. Society is putting on the pressure but don’t cave, it will only cause more problems than it’s worth.
The other strategic move to set in place is the village. By village, I mean other parents. We must have multiple people keeping after our kids and willing to share what they may have seen in their kid’s phone about your kids etc. The village has become more important than ever this day in age, build it up!
I figure if none of this works and I still find myself drowning in the abyss of teen social media, I can remember three things:
(1) Their kids people! My home, my rules, my way.
(2) He/she who pays the bill, controls the phone.
If they really push, kids should become familiar with an acronym they will have no choice but to communicate in person at school.
(3) MCMPO: Mom Cut My Phone Off
Just remember parents, this is a two-way street & we can’t forget that. There was a time we lived without cell phones and our kids can certainly survive it (and we can too parents)! If cell phone etiquette isn’t to your standard than take that phone away and shape that kid up until it is! The real danger in a kid’s phone is the parent who is afraid to poke around, unwilling to take action and feels trapped by the social pressure!
I’m always open to suggestions, cell phones can be tricky business!