There's thousands of them, and many of them may be familiar to your children. We're talking about texting codes, what they mean and what situations they can create. A lot of the codes are cute and innocent and very popular with young people. "TTYL means Talk to you later, BRB means Be Right Back, OMG means Oh My Gosh", says 14 year old McKenzie Quigley. ""LOL or LMBO I think it is "Laughing my butt off", says her older sister Bridget Quigley.
But there are some texting codes you wouldn't want your children to know. Some codes are so dirty they take code texting to a whole new level. "I check them and they know that I check them. Every once and a while I just stroll by and if I see things that are, you know, I'll say who's that kid. If I don't like what I see them texting" says Jeanne Quigley. Jeanne Quigley is the mother of four, three of them are teens and frequent messengers. While she doesn't worry about her kids using explicit texting codes, she's aware that bad codes are out there and so does her kids. "The kids I text don't really use that, but I've seen it on the Internet," says McKenzie. Out of the family she's the most excessive texter in the house. She says it's just a quicker way to communicate by phone or the Internet. "It's pretty popular, because everytime I'm on the Internet I'll run across one of the codes like every single time, says McKenzie." For her younger brother Will, code texting is simply a convenience. "It's just a quick way of getting a message and people think you're fast, because me and my friends always think who is the faster, says 12 year old Will Quigley."
In addition to the speed of code texting there's even some out there that can even alert the recipient of a text message when a family member is nearby. So when is it ever proper to use those text codes? "Especially on trips, you don't want your parents to hear you talking, plus you don't want your friends listening to your conversation, that's why I just text,"says Will. His sister Bridget says, "If I'm in a group of people I'd rather just text someone and I don't have to say the whole conversation in front of everybody." Compared to her two siblings Bridget is the one who texts the least. Bridget says she's not into all of the codes and doesn't know what they all mean. She actually prefers to write out everything she has to say. "It's kinda annoying when you get text messages with all of these codes and they're all new ones, so you don't know what any of them mean," says Bridget.
Surprisingly a lot of kids are not familiar with the more risky texting codes. The most popular ones with young people are what we've deemed the "G" rated codes like OMG, LOL and TTYL. McKenzie says she will usually use GTG and that means "Gotta Go" or OMG which means "Oh My Gosh" especially on Facebook, because I don't wanna say I gotta go, so I just press GTG." Her mother Jeanne says she make up my own codes, like I said Willy "What up" and I put a lot of my explanation points on it." Whether it's for fun or just sending a text message, the best advice is to be careful! With so many codes already out there, more and more of them are being created everyday. Almost making a simple phone call a thing of the past. "Talking on the phone is so awkward sometimes. I'll be like just talking and then it will be like talking and then it will be blank and I just text and get it done with, " says Will Quigley.
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