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Calling All Sexual Predators

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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 aren’t hip to (Proof: We use words like “Hip”), and some of it, when in the wrong hands, can center around sex and drugs.

Here's a list of 10 text/IM messaging acronyms all parents must know:

  1. MOS - Mom Over Shoulder
  2. 420 - it refers to marijuana
  3. KPC - Keeping Parents Clueless
  4. GNOC - Get Naked On Cam (webcam)
  5. TDTM - Talk Dirty To Me
  6. RU/18 - Are You Over 18?
  7. KFY - Kiss For You
  8. ASL - Age/Sex/Location
  9. DUM - Do You Masturbate?
  10. 8 - it refers to oral sex

Click here for complete list of text/internet messaging shorthand

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Mary January 18, 2008, 7:19 PM

As a mother of a 12 year old, I feel a bit relieved to know that there is a product like this out. I think we have brought our daughter up properly but knowing there is a safety net that can catch inappropriate activities (that I would never have known about), will definitely help me sleep better at night.

John67 May 18, 2009, 1:01 AM

Very nice site!

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