Thursday, June 17, 2010
What's Your Teen Saying?
My last post about the Teen Chat Decoder generated some interesting discussion on Twitter from some folks who found it useful. Personally, I never knew what HAGS meant and now I know it simply means, "Have a great summer!"
That post also generated an interesting email from a marketing rep for a company that is selling a similar APP for the iPhone called "LRN the Lingo" (99 cents). I agreed to check it out for them and write a review here. "LRN the Lingo" appears to have every acronym possible and you can search in a variety of ways. I like that you can search by text or by lingo or emoticons. I found myself spending lots of time in the lingo section, fascinated by the phrases unknown to me and the multiple ways to hide the real words for drugs, sex and everything else you don't want to reveal.
I can see this app as being very helpful if you want to stay current on what's happening with your kids but don't want to keep asking them what they're talking about.
If your kids are your friends on FaceBook, you're best bet is probably to lie low and let them interact with their friends as naturally as possible without Mom or Dad posting comments on their pages. This will allow you to keep tabs on them while they most likely forget you're watching. This app can help you interpret some of what they and their friends are posting.