Crack the Code: Parents watch their language

When your kids first learn the alphabet and learn how to count, it’s cute.

When they turn into teenagers, it can be a nightmare online.

“I try to tell parents to monitor social media as often as I can, because I don’t think they understand the magnitude of it,” said Norfolk police officer Vernon Dozier.

Young people are speaking a totally different language thanks to codes and abbreviations meant to “KPC,” which stands for “keep parents clueless.”

“If they disguise things to their parents’ eyes, their parents would be like, ‘OK, maybe they’re just talking fun talk,” said Officer Dozier. “But to us, we know it’s different.”

Kids use words and numbers you would think are perfectly fine, but may take on darker meanings to teens, as illustrated in several online slang dictionaries.

One widely known catchphrase involves Netflix. When you see “Netflix and Chill” in a chat, that’s code for sex. So is the word “salad.”

Some code words are slang for risque behavior, like “GNOC” (get naked on camera). Some are used to talk about alcohol and drugs, like “broken” (hungover), and “snow” and “robotripping” (doing drugs).

Numbers are used, too: “8” (oral sex), “9” or “CD9/Code 9” (parents are around).

Officer Dozier says he’s also seen this code language while investigating crimes involving young people, like when warrants are served for their phone records.

“There are horrendous crimes that are discussed on social media,” said Officer Dozier. “But to a parent who doesn’t understand these code words that they use, they’ll just look at it like it’s just normal jibber jab that kids are just talking on social media, but it has a bigger meaning to it.”

Officer Dozier is also concerned that some child predators are trying to learn this lingo to reach children online as well; another reason why he says parents need to know this too.

It’s clear we’ve gone way passed the days of LOL.

“(This is a) very important issue,” said Officer Dozier, “It needs to be addressed immediately.”