Lori Getz: S^. Yes, that's right -- I said: S^. If you're not sure what the heck that means, then you're just like millions of other parents out there who are wondering what language their children are typing. It figures: There's an app for that!
A secret Internet language has emerged that puts even more distance between teens and their parents. It's not a spoken language, but a written one that even uses pictures to describe emotion. Text, slang and emoticons make up the basis of this Internet language.
Some of it is as benign as me using terms like "radical" or "gag me with a spoon" in the '80s. But some of it parents NEED to be aware of. If your child uses the % sign in a text, for example, he or she isn't talking about math homework, but about being drunk. "LH6" is soliciting sex, and "LH6O" is soliciting online sex.
While I'm not an advocate of spying on your children (unless they warrant spying, of course), I am about checking in and being informed. There's a great new iPhone app called LRNtheLingo that explains and defines the Internet language you need to know. The application is simple to use: You can either view the list of texts, lingo and emoticons, or do your own search.
If you're not sure what S^ means, try out the application. For $0.99, I promise you won't be disappointed!