Hey Parents! It's time to jump on board. We may look over our kid's shoulders while they are IMing (instant messaging) and see a very strange language; POS (parent over shoulder).
We may check out the text messaging history on their phones and see things like LMAF, SYL, WE, 411, BZ and the like when all we know is ASAP! Print off this handy guide and decipher the code. Be aware, that when parents use these abbreaviations it is so uncool. However, it is a really good idea to set yourself up to text, IM, facebook and get "online" with the technology. Why should you be left out of the loop? If you've ever asked yourself, "Should I have my kid's passwords to their accounts?", the answer is a resounding YES! The hard part is to know how many accounts they have. They're all free so, there are definitely decoys out there for parents. Also, the terms of social networking sites (Facebook, My Space...) state that you need to be at least 13 years old to open one. Use this tool if your 12 year old just has to have one. Before your teen gets their own phone or facebook, set out the ground rules ahead of time. Talk about bullying, sexting, preditors, and giving out personal information and giving up their phone or computer if they can't handle it. Then, have fun with it. Social networking is a great way to communicate if it is done smartly.