Monday, May 25, 2009


I saw this last week and I needed some time to mull it over. KREM TV reported that parents are shocked! Shocked, I tell you.

KREM 2 News got a hold of 50 sexually coded text messages your child could be sending or receiving from other teenagers.

IYKWIMAITYD. But why is this restricted to teens? Adults don't do this? I wonder where they found all those acronyms.

The 50 acronyms are arguably the most popular explicit texts that teens send each other.

WTF? The last on in the list is "50. WYCM - Will You Call Me?" That is certainly an arguable explicit text. But more importantly it makes the list an even 50.

Now the list does contain some explicit terms which would account for so many parents expressing shock. Check out number 24, "IWSN - I Want Sex Now." I'm sure most parents can't imagine their child sending such a message--and being serious in doing so.

Area police say they’re texts local kids have used. Nationally, one in five teens say they’ve sent and received nude images of themselves and others.

OMFG! Nude images? I am shocked again!

Everyone agrees educating parents is key.

TFDS, but first we must shock them. I guess the purpose of this report is to educate us parents about teens engaging in risky behaviors. After all, the kids aren't going to tell us. (See #28 - KPC.) Parents who were once teens and have apparently lost all memory of the shocking things they and their peers did as teens.

My parents were shocked! Shocked, I tell you.

And so were their parents. And so on.


Lucas said...

I saw this, too. And then I thought about the sort of stuff I did when I was 14, and realized that kids will be kids. The technology just makes it easier for them to do what they were going to do anyway. If you have raised your children well and given them the tools to make responsible decisions you don't have much to worry about. But heaven forbid we blame the parents for the behavior of their children.

Sherry said...

I've been thinking that I really should try to get more cyber-hip--all this about Facebook and MySpace and Twitter, and I still don't even really know what Instant Messaging is and how it's different from texting, and even e-mail, for that matter--I took a look at the list of acronyms and saw just how easy it would be for me to confuse the codes for "I love you" and "I hate you" and all the trouble THAT could lead to. I was apparently a boring 14 y/o who had boring friends, but we had fun, dang it. In our own wacky goody-two-shoes ways. Igpay atinlay ulerayed!