Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Do You REALLY Know What Your Kid's Doing Online?

Not too long ago I saw a TV show on Internet Predators. The show talked about young kids that were role playing as well; a 12 year old girl claimed she was an adult and was having an online affair with an adult. This isn't the only senario. There's also cyber-bullying and other types of harrassment. This problem is now surpassing the Internet; they are spreading to Text/Picture/Video Messaging on mobile phones because they are so accessible. I am concentrating on the Internet in this post.

So you have a kid on the Internet; what can you do to protect yourself? Chances are that if your kid is in adolescent age, he/she will most likely want privacy at the pc. This isn't neccesarily a bad thing, but if the pc is is in another room, you can't watch what the kids are doing.

Worst part is that Internet chatting is heavy into the Lingo and Leetz.

Lingo slang is used by online chatters. is different than Leetz as it's mostly abbreviations or acronyms. Did you know what these mean?
  • LOL - Laughing Out Loud
  • LMAO - Laughing My Ass Off
  • BRB - Be Right Back
  • NP - No Problem
  • TTFN - Ta ta for now
  • IMHO - In My Humble Opinion
Those were simple harmless ones.... but what about seeing ones that could be less innocent?
  • ASL - Age, Sex, Location. - can be innocent, but this is used by predators too.
  • NIFOC - Naked (Nude) in Front of Computer
  • POS - Parent over Shoulder
  • *K* - Kiss
  • IWSN - I Want Sex Now

Leetz means Elite speak. It's common amounst hackers and hacker wanna-bes. Just because a kid is using leetz, doesn't mean they're up to no good. but wouldn't it be nice to understand this so you know what your kids are saying? You may use leetz at the office with out knowing it. Leets is when you replace letters with other characters. For example, a guy I play online with on Xbox is named Spartan Elite but he spells it 5par7an 3L173. The 5 replaces the S, the 7's replace T's and the 1 replaced the I. Common is also replacing s with z, and replacing F with ph

Here are a couple example
  • D00d - Dude
  • kewl - cool
  • k1ck A$$ - Kick Ass
There's lots of good website out there for figuring out this stuff. Here are the ones I like. - Microsoft's Primer - has an online dictionary - They have a program called Teen Angels Chat translator


Alice: In Wonderland or Not said...

You also might want to make sure your kids sruf the net via an annonymizer just in case. Believe it or not people can be found and although it is most likely rare it happens.

Drumsticks said...

The internet is a bad place! Never buy a computer! Do not conform AHHH!!!

Besides, if the kids can not gain access to explecit content online. They will find your porno videos and Hustler mags in your dresser drawers or the bottom drawer of dad's tool box anyway. They'll bring their friends over to watch them when you are not home. ;)

"Have a nice day mom and dad! Oh... When will you be back home?"