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Social Media Dictionary Helps Parents Spot Online Dangers

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The government has launched a social media dictionary to help parents monitor their children’s online activity. It lists definitions for popular acronyms like GNOC (get naked on cam) and ASL (age, sex, location), often used by children to share their personal details with strangers on anonymous chat sites.

The alphabetical listing will also help parents spot coded alerts like PAW (parents are watching) or POS (parents over shoulder). Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: ‘The internet is an incredibly powerful tool which is changing the way our children learn and stay in touch. But we must also make sure we do everything we can to help them stay safe online.’

The dictionary is intended to curb the growth in online grooming, with many of the terms relating to sexual relationships, such as IWSN (I want sex now) and LMIRL (let’s meet in real life).

A viral video by YouTube filmmaker Coby Persin recently showed how easy it is for a paedophile to pick up an underage child on the internet and lure them to meet in person.  

Other definitions refer to cyber bullying and drugs, with codes like 420 (marihuana) and zerg (to gang up on someone).  

The guide is part of Parent Info, a website announced by the Department of Education which aims to provide tips on improving children’s web-literacy and give parents the confidence to talk to their children about sensitive topics like sex, relationships and mental health. The website has been developed by the NCA’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and The Parent Zone, founded in 2005.


Aaron Waterhouse

Aaron is a recent English graduate from Durham University who is now working as a content writer intern. An enthusiastic traveller, he hopes to become a journalist and report from around the world. Follow him @AaronAtSMF.

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Social Media Dictionary Helps Parents Spot Online Dangers Reviewed by Aaron Waterhouse on Tuesday, September 08, 2015 Rating: 5

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