New software keeps tabs on your kid's cellphone activity.
The Internet and the mall aren't the only places sexual predators are hanging out. They're also communicating with kids via cell phones. Seizing the opportunity to make mobile phones a safe place to chat, software companies have stepped up with products for monitoring teen's text messaging and photo transfers. One company, eAgency mobile offers Radar, an online service allowing parents to view all text messaging and image transfer activity though a secured Web site. This might seem like overkill, but if you have suspicions your child is being contacted inappropriately, the software could be a lifesaver.
One problem. What do the text messages say? Like any emerging technology, kid text messaging has its own language, one that parents arenâ€™t hip to (Proof: We use words like â€śHipâ€ť), and some of it, when in the wrong hands, can center around sex and drugs.
- MOS - Mom Over Shoulder
- 420 - it refers to marijuana
- KPC - Keeping Parents Clueless
- GNOC - Get Naked On Cam (webcam)
- TDTM - Talk Dirty To Me
- RU/18 - Are You Over 18?
- KFY - Kiss For You
- ASL - Age/Sex/Location
- DUM - Do You Masturbate?
- 8 - it refers to oral sex
Click here for complete list of text/internet messaging shorthand