How to Spot Internet Grooming

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Spotting Online Grooming or Cyber Bullying of a Sexual Nature

Online grooming of children by predatory adults is a genuine concern for parents. Sexual bullying of children by their peers is also a serious problem.

Cyber Terms That Suggest Inappropriate Activity Is Already Happening

It is worth learning the following common cyber terms as they suggest your child:
  • Is part of a conversation of a sexual nature.
  • Is being groomed for a meeting.
  • Is hiding inappropriate activity from parents.
Term and MeaningImage
BANGTIDY

Sexy or Good Looking
C2C

Camera to Camera (webcams)
DLS

Dirty Little Secret
DMTA

Dirty Minds Think Alike
ERP

Erotic Role Play
FIRM

Attractive/Fit Body
FYEO

For Your Eyes Only
H/U

Hook Up Make Out
HORNY

Turned On
IITYWYKM

If I Tell You Will You Kiss Me?
IKWYL

I Know Where You Live
INY

I Need You
IWY

I Want You
KPC

Keep Parents Clueless
LFTSU

Looking Forward to Seeing You
LGFB

Looks Good from Behind
LMIRL

Letís Meet Up In Real Life
M33T

Meet
MMAMP

Meet Me At My Place
MIRL

Meet Up In Real Life
NCMO

Non-Committal Make Out
NBG

Nasty But Good
PC4PC

Picture Comment for Picture Comment
PFP

Picture for Proof
RTF

Return the Favour
RUA

Are You Alone?
WNOHGB

Where No One Has Gone Before
YBW

Youíve Been Warned

Cyber Terms That Could Give a Warning of Inappropriate Activity

It is also worth learning the common cyber terms below as they might offer a warning that your child is involved in an inappropriate conversation, which could lead to more serious activity.

Term and MeaningImage
AITR

Adult In The Room
ASL

Age, Sex, Location
ASLP

Age, Sex, Location (Picture)
ATAP

Any Time, Any Place
AYFT

Are You Free Today?
BBY

Baby
BCWW

Bom Chicka Wah Wah (porn riff from the 70s)
BFK

Big Fat Kiss
BMAK

Blow Me a Kiss
BOLTOP

Better On Lips Than On Paper
BRE

Sexy Girl
CLWY

Canít Live Without You
CUTIE

Attractive Person
CWTCU

Canít Wait To See You
CWTSY

Canít Wait To See You
DTC

Down To Cuddle
DURS

Damn, You Are Sexy
DYLM

Do You Love Me?
F2F

Face to Face
GOMD

Guy/Girl of My Dreams
ICSTAY

I Canít Stop Thinking About You
ILY

I Love You
IRL

In Real Life
IWIWT

I Wish I Was There
NMI

Need More Info
PHU

Potential Hook Up
RDV

Rendez-Vous
S2R

Send to Receive
WLTM

Would Like to Meet

See Also

Using numbers to say words (e.g., 5201314) Take our test on drug-related terms What does cyber mean? What is a hashtag? What is Cyber Speak? An infographic explaining when Cyber Speak might be inappropriate Spotting drug abuse Different ways of saying "I love you" online
The evolution of the selfie The evolution of LOL Text speak with numbers Inserting tone into your texts Our English grammar site Our mathematics site