90 Text Slang and Sexting Emojis Every Parent Should Know

Your teens might only be texting with their friends, but do you know what they’re talking about? Teens today are using shorthand and acronyms to not only get their point across quickly but to hide things from their parents. And even if you aren’t using emojis, it’s likely that your kids are. Emojis are tiny pictures that are used in text usually to show emotion or to replace a written-out word but some of these can have deeper meanings.

Parents also need to worry about their kids sexting with friends. Sexting is sending and receiving sexually explicit photos, messages, and videos from a mobile device. To learn more about sexting, check out: Caught Your Teen Sexting, Now What?

3 Things You Should Know About Sexting Terms and Text Slang

1. Text Slang Changes Often

Text slangs changes almost as quickly as the weather; kids and teens are always on top of the newest trends and slang follows suit. It may be difficult for parents to keep up with but having a good base of knowledge of the most used texting terms and texting your kids as a way of communication, parents can remain well-informed.

2. Not All Text Slang Should Worry You

Not all slang is meant to be sneaky and is dangerous for your kids to be using. There are plenty of texting terms that are just part of how teens talk to each other. BRB (be right back), KMP (keep me posted), or QQ4U (quick question for you) are just a few examples of harmless texts that your kids might be sending.

3. Some Texting Terms are Dangerous

Sometimes kids rely on texting terms to keep things hidden from parents and using these fast abbreviations makes it hard for parents to keep up. Some terms you’ll want to watch out for include 99 (parents are gone) or S2R (send to receive pictures), and you can learn about the rest by downloading this guide.

Why Parents Need an Emoji Dictionary

All phones with messaging capabilities come with emojis that allow users to use to send small images to one another. There are hundreds of emojis available that range from smiley faces to food, animals, flags, and more. Again, not all emojis or use of emojis is dangerous but when used in the right context some of these can be sexually suggestive or drug related.

Parents  may not always know what these emojis mean or the context in how their kids are using them, so we put together an emoji sexting dictionary that define which emojis are commonly used to be flirty, sexual, or something not appropriate for kids.

Some inappropriate or sexting emojis to be aware of are:

  • Eggplant: Used to signify male genitalia
  • Nut and Bolt: Used to signify intercourse
  • Maple Leaf: Used to signify marijuana

Learning some of the most frequently used texting terms and sexting emojis can help parents navigate this tricky teen language and keep their kids safe with more ease.

Download a copy of the complete list of 90 Texting Terms that Every Parent Should Know below.

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