“WU? WIBNI we could meet IRL? I’ll keep my FC to CU F2F. P911! GFN!”
Translation: “What’s Up? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could meet in real life? I’ll keep my fingers crossed to see you face-to-face. Parents are coming! Gone for now!”
Literacy no longer simply means the ability to read and write. Today, it’s about making sense and being engaged in reading, writing, speaking, viewing and listening in both academic and casual settings. Throwing a monkey wrench in, technology has become an ever-present venue of communication through blogging, texting, and social networking.
Our children are on-line literary masters. As parents, we need to educate ourselves to prevent cyber bullying, identify theft, and social coercion. Technology has made the inaccessible accessible in lightning speed. Therefore, we have a momentous responsibility to become educated in cyber slang.
For example, there is more than just one way to let a friend know that a parent is around:
• P911: Parents are coming!
• PA: Parent alert
• PAL: Parents are listening
• PANB: Parents are nearby
• PAW: Parents are watching
• PIR: Parent in room
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Note: Source of information: INOBTR.org (“I Know Better”) – An organization dedicated to protect children and keep families safe through proactive education and public awareness.