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We've all heard horror stories about teens and pre-teens being abducted and raped by sexual predators whom they met online.
Bottom line: as parents, it's our responsibility to protect our children from the many risks they face in today's toxic culture.
That's according to a new list entitled "Top 50 Text Acronyms Parents Should Know," which is is making its way around the Internet and has caught the eye of some local TV news reporters. Many people who see the list wind up howling with laughter, since many of the terms are completely unknown to most people, teenaged or otherwise.
"Honestly, it's probably one of the dumbest things I've ever seen in local network news, and that's saying something." "I swear, I've used the Internet for 13 years, and still insist half of this stuff is either made up or never used," wrote a Digg commenter. "It looks like a lot of them come from online sex chat rooms, and not just any chat rooms, but sadomasochistic ones." That explains the, um, very specific terms on the list, such as "NIFOC," or "Nude In Front Of The Computer," and "ILF/MD," which apparently means "I Love Female/Male Dominance." "I don't know most of this stuff," says Jason Parks, a 21-year-old junior at Arizona State University.
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.But regardless of what they said they believed about digital communication hastening sex, only 38% of women said they had actually slept a partner sooner than they otherwise would have, because of a textual relationship.(More on Time.com: 5 Little-Known Truths About American Sex Lives) In any case, the survey found that most communication between couples is now happening by text instead of phone: men said they texted 39% more often than they called, and women reported texting 150% more often than phoning.It's possible that she's completely oblivious of the dangers lurking there.Make her aware of some of the more unsavory situations that can unfold on the Internet - for example, how the guy she talks to in a chat room who to be a cute 16-year-old boy might actually be a 55-year-old convicted sex offender.