Watch Out! Cyberbullying Requires Your Attention!

Watch Out!

Couple of weeks ago “exactly the third week of November” was the Bullying Awareness Week. This national campaign, which aims to raise awareness about bullying amongst students in Canada, dragged my attention to very important matter; how we are as adults and parents are concerned to protect young people all the time wherever they are.

Never dream that your responsibility limits may stop by school gates, as parents we keep thinking about our kids wherever they are at school, playing, sleeping, studying or social networking!

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Internet Slang and Lingo For Teens and Tweens

Internet Slang and Lingo For Teens and Tweens

Internet Slang and Lingo For Teens and Tweens

 

Chatting with my 14 years old nephew has turned creepy recently because of the numerous abbreviations he uses while texting. I’ve tried to catch up with those acronyms and shortened words, but it’s really confusing. I can understand that using this kind of slang shortened words are easier than typing everything out and they still get the same point across. It just needs that the person who receives the message “unfortunately was me” understands them.

It may look weird for us as parents to use “totes” instead of “totally”,  however we have to admit that Language has changed a lot since the time we were teens. We have had our “code” language too, which doesn’t exist anymore. So as a parent, it’s important to be able to communicate with your kid and to understand and be aware of their activity online as well as in real life.

Though it’s difficult to keep up with the new language specially if you aren’t using it every day by texting your friends, it’s possible to learn some of the new way of communicating so that you can at least understand what your teen is talking about. Continue reading