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"There's so many of these terms that I had to make a second list," she says, "Top 50 More Acronyms Every Parent Should Know." That list consists of terms that are much more familiar, such as "L8R," "BRB," "LOL" and "F2F," which many parents would already know.
In any case, no glossary of text acronyms is going to fully explain what your teens are saying.
It was originally titled "Top 50 Internet Acronyms Parents Need to Know," and each term listed there clicks through to a page indicating its origin.
"This is stuff that's being used all across the Internet, in instant messaging, in chat rooms, in text messaging," explains Erin Jansen, founder of Net
"Something that's being used on the West Coast, for example, won't be in the East, and the South may use terms that aren't common in the Pacific Northwest.But these extra features, plus the privacy and safety issues, make messaging apps better suited for social-media-savvy teens.Also, in addition to the standard display ads and in-app purchases, many companies are testing new marketing methods that meld advertising and content, such as's "promoted chats" (in which brands text with users).If you have younger kids who are eager to get in on the messaging-app craze, some excellent programs are designed for users under 13.Check out: , age 12 : This monosyllabic texting app uses one word -- "Yo" -- to convey whatever you need it to, such as "I made it home OK, " "I need a ride," or "I'm thinking of you." Do you know of a safe messaging apps for kids?