10 sexting codes parents should know: Can you translate?

Do you know if your teen’s texting shorthand if just efficient typing or is it actually sexting going on right under your nose?

The London Free Press posted 10 sexting codes every parent should be able to translate.

See how you do. I posted the translations further below.

From The London Free Press:

“1. CD9

2. P911

3. PIR

4. 8



7. RUH

8. CU46


10. GNOC”

I found an online dictionary of acronyms and text shorthand – NetLingo — where you can look up texts if you don’t know what they mean. I found a bunch of the ones above. So this seems like a good resource for parents who are trying to keep up.

Here are the translations without having to look them up.

From the London Free Press:

1. CD9 – code 9 parents are around

2. P911 – parent alert

3. PIR – parent in room

4. 8 – oral sex (or ate)

5. GYPO – get your pants off

6. GNRN – get naked right now

7. RUH – are you horny

8. CU46 – see you for sex

9. IWSN – I want sex now

10. GNOC – get naked on camera (webcam)”

How did you do on your translations? Did you know what they mean without the answers? Ididn’t do well at all but then again I tend to spell all my texts out.

What other text codes have you seen or heard your teenagers use? Do you ever look back at their text logs to see what they are writing or sending? Is that part of the deal? Or do you just look over their shoulders while they are texting?

How are you monitoring? How do you know if bad things are afoot?

94 comments Add your comment

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

December 5th, 2011
5:35 am

Between text lingo and rap music, children are filling their head with junk which leaves no room for grammar and mathematic syntax.

I saw mommy dry humping Santa Claus

December 5th, 2011
7:16 am

Are you coming on to me?

Cheesy potato skins

December 5th, 2011
7:17 am

You’re worried about your kids sexting? If I were you, I would be more worried they can find and keep friends with your uptight parenting.

Juggs N Bunns Magazine

December 5th, 2011
7:19 am

E Harmony keeps matching me with fat chicks

December 5th, 2011
7:21 am

Where were you on Friday? I was so depressed without reading a new blog, I over dosed on Skittles.

"eHarmony keeps matchign me with fat chicks" Hysterical

December 5th, 2011
8:28 am

“Between text lingo and rap music,”

Yeah, because rap music is terrible… What a clown you are… I’m 33 and a white male. I grew up listening to rap music, I still listen to it on occasion… Hasn’t made me act out or sext or do drugs. Grow up and start looking at yourself instead of other people for the problems you or your kids have.

That’s the problem, we are always looking to blame someone else for our short comings.


December 5th, 2011
8:44 am

Timely article since the front page of the AJC says it’s much ado about nothing.

2.5% of kids between 10 and 17 have sent naked pictures of themselves with less than 1% saying that they have sent explicit pics.


December 5th, 2011
8:57 am

Being concerned about “sexting” makes me an uptight parent? Ever heard of teen pregnancies or STDs? Ever heard of emotionally damaged folks who thought sex equalled love? My very popular high school athlete son proudly tells his peers (and MANY friends) he’s a virgin and plans to remain one until marriage. Let’s hear it for uptight parenting!


December 5th, 2011
9:16 am

Sexting can be a serious issue when, say, a fourteen-year-old girl is convinced by her seventeen-year-old crush or boyfriend to send a topless picture, which he then sends to all his friends and it makes the rounds of not only her school, but other schools in the areas, and then is posted online at a kiddy-porn site, and she finds herself being called slut and skank and porn-star in the halls until finally she has to drop out to be home-schooled. That would be a serious problem, and it’s happened before, numerous times. And being vigilant about your kid’s texting is one of the few things parents can do to try to prevent that. If the kid did not pay for the phone, and if the kid does not pay for the bill, they have no right or expectation of privacy on their phone. Heck, NO ONE with a smart phone has an expectation of privacy (given the monitoring done by software), and no child under 18 who is not paying rent in their parents house has an expectation of adult-level privacy either. Your child’s right to privacy from you takes a backseat to your right to keep your child safe. Now, once your kid is 17, you kind of have to start backing off a bit. But given that kids are starting to sext when they’ve barely hit puberty and are totally incapable of making adult decisions based on long-term consequences of their actions (how many twelve-year-old kids do you hear about being charged as adults?), it’s both important and appropriate to be vigilant and aware of who your kid is texting and what they’re saying.


December 5th, 2011
9:19 am

“…sex equalled love?” Equalled? RILLY?


December 5th, 2011
9:31 am

While the parents are at church trying to organize their latest anti-Obama rally or forming a committee to stop gay marriage so the world won’t unravel, their kids are left alone in their rooms with laptops and cell phones for hours at a time doing this stuff (and more). Way to go, parents… you’ve earned the “poor prioritizing parents of the year”, awards.

K's mom

December 5th, 2011
9:42 am

My son is very young, so this is not day to day for us yet. However, this type of stuff does get my attention. I love the show Friday Night Lights and the coach/father has a very good talk with his daughter about not equating sex with love in the 1st season (I got the box set for my recent b-day so it is fresh in my mind). I hope to be able to talk to my boys as openly and honestly as this character and hold them accountable for encouraging girls to do stupid things like sexting-if they do.

@Kitty, I agree with you 100%. Kids do not have the right to privacy. Any parent who is not checking up on internet and text usage is failing.


December 5th, 2011
9:43 am

Uptight Parent not blaming anyone for my shortcomings

December 5th, 2011
9:43 am

“That’s the problem, we are always looking to blame someone else for our short comings.”
I strongly believe that, I let my kids listen to whatever music they want, I even let them show me new things on the net, if I do not agree with the ideas behind the pages or sites my children go too, I let them know. If that doesn’t work, I control the house network, not uptight just making sure that my kids don’t get into or put something on the net that they will regret. Once it is out there in this virtual world…..You can’t take it back. So parents are not being uptight, just protective over there younglins in this new virtual world that they are growing up in compared to the this “little town is my world” we grew up in. I am scared for my kids and all the choices they have to make with all the media that is shoved down their throat. Think about it, today you have to have the latest tech and fastest internet connetion, when we grew up you just needed to have coolest bike on the block.


December 5th, 2011
9:59 am

I still laugh about the time when IM was big-time on the computer, before texting became so ubiquitous. I had the chat window open, but didn’t realize that it was auto-signed on to my daughter’s account. Imagine my surprise when one of her boyfriends logged on and, before I could tell him, started making some fairly salacious remarks. It wasn’t anything pornographic or even explicitly sexual, but it was definitely something he would NOT have said in front of her parents. I thought about ignoring it, but when he added another teasing remark, I responded with, “This isn’t ( ), this is her mother. ( )’s account logged in automatically. Was there any other message you wanted me to pass on to ( )?” He was horrified and embarrassed, and I gently suggested that it might be a good lesson to never send a message that you wouldn’t want your mother to see :-) You never know when mothers will be looking!

j rev

December 5th, 2011
10:01 am

Sorry AJC, but every time a “news” outlet pretends to know what kids secret codes are, they are woefully misinformed. Using this “guide” would be about as useful as using the slang out of an Archie comic.

T. Pickens Boondoocks

December 5th, 2011
10:04 am

My very popular high school athlete son proudly tells his peers (and MANY friends) he’s a virgin and plans to remain one until marriage. Let’s hear it for uptight parenting!!

Your sone is gay. You have no worries about unwanted pregnancies. However, I would watch out for that hot male next door neighbor.


December 5th, 2011
10:07 am

Well, I’m a teenager and all I have to say is that, “You can lead a horsey to water, but you can’t make him drink it.” Parents can know these codes, spy on their kids, and then scold them about it all they want. However, if the kid wants to engage in sexual activity, they will do it regardless.


December 5th, 2011
10:08 am

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December 5th, 2011
10:09 am

Also you probably don’t know what your son is doing, and the small percentage of kkids who report sharing explicit photos may only represent those kids brave enough to admit it. The others may just not be telling.


December 5th, 2011
10:10 am

I hope he can legally wed his partner by the time he’s old enough to get married. I hope you support him when he comes out of the closet.


December 5th, 2011
10:12 am

“…room for grammar and mathematic syntax.” Shouldn’t that be mathematical syntax? Step away from the texting Calvin ;)

College Student

December 5th, 2011
10:17 am

Most teens that sext delete those texts as soon as the conversations are over. So, this article is pointless. I agree that kids shouldn’t have as much privacy as they’re given, but don’t go sneaking around their stuff. If you really feel like you need to know what your kid is up to explain that to them, and go through their stuff together. And then if they hate you…man up you’re the adult act like it!


December 5th, 2011
10:20 am

I don’t really understand trying to monitor every communication your teen has. Would you try to listen to every phone conversation your teen has with a friend? Every note they pass? Tag along on every date and stay within ear shot? What makes sexting (provided photos aren’t sent) a bigger deal than the possibility of sex being in those conversations or notes? What difference does it make what code they are using? You can’t control what kids talk about, whether you know their code or not. You can only make sure they know your values and expectations and hope they make good decisions as a result.


December 5th, 2011
10:21 am

Good one College Student.


December 5th, 2011
10:27 am


December 5th, 2011
10:31 am

One more reason to avoid the responsibility of bad parenting. It used to be Elvis and his evil hips.


December 5th, 2011
10:43 am

We have software on our son’s phone – with his knowledge of such – that automatically forwards, to our email, a copy of any texts sent and received. We told him we were doing this. Told him also that he is welcome to text as much as he wants (we have an unlimited plan) but to be mindful of the fact that we will see them all.


December 5th, 2011
10:52 am

@Me – I have better things to do than monitor every single text message my kid sends and/or receives. Apparently you have plenty of time on your hands.

Might I suggest you get a life……


December 5th, 2011
10:53 am

I had no idea about that. But my daughter is 10 and won’t be getting a cell phone until she is at least 13 or 14.

Plus, what if this is going on and the kids are deleting the texts? How would you even know?


December 5th, 2011
10:54 am

Calvin is right. I couldn’t care less about their ability to send texts. What we should all care about is their ability to add, subtract, multiply (only for math) and divide. If they can translate this text nonsense, why can’t they do stuff that matters? The answer is because parents are too busy worrying about STUPID music and texting. If the parents ahd their dumb kids studying all the time, then sexting wouldn’t be as much of an issue.


December 5th, 2011
10:57 am

@NCC ~ you may not be able to make the horse drink the water… that is.. unless you feed it oats all the way to the watering hole. IJS

Chesty LaRue

December 5th, 2011
11:04 am

December 5th, 2011
8:57 am

Being concerned about “sexting” makes me an uptight parent? Ever heard of teen pregnancies or STDs? Ever heard of emotionally damaged folks who thought sex equalled love? My very popular high school athlete son proudly tells his peers (and MANY friends) he’s a virgin and plans to remain one until marriage. Let’s hear it for uptight parenting!


The problems you relate to sexting were around long before sexting. This is nothing new…..Just the medium to blame when you fail to realize your uptight parenting was the real cause for teen pregnancies, STDs and anything else you choose to pass on to an activity that can not defend it’s self.

I feel sorry for your son. He’s only saying that so you stop hovering over him.


December 5th, 2011
11:13 am

T. Pickens Boondoocks

What is a “sone?” Sounds like the prelude to making a comment without having the slightest idea what you’re talking about. I did the same thing he’s planning to do (I’m also a guy). My wife of almost 19 years and I are both glad we waited.

No, neither of us is gay, and we are not putting on any kind of an act.


December 5th, 2011
11:15 am

Some people are so pathetic. Taking an article tahat was posted to somewhat inform parents about issues with their children and making it into a political matter. Funny.. What did church and Obama have to do with this article?

And K’s mom.. I hope you don’t listen to what some of these closed minded morons are saying. Having graduated high school not but a couple of years ago, I knew personally many who decided to wait to have sex. Whether it be a religious choice or just a personal choice.. It was definitely a SMART choice. Just because a young man decides to not have sex does not mean he is not interested, it means he was raised to have respect for women, how to find a classy woman, and how to have self control.


December 5th, 2011
11:20 am

My kids have cells, but I don’t pay for texting or other data charges.

Really, it’s that simple. AND the fact that my 15 year old lost her phone, and has no immediate plans to get another one. She said she really doesn’t want one, and isn’t missing anything.

When they can pay for texting, they can have it on their phones. But for now, while I’m paying the bills, they just have phones that can ONLY make calls.

Juvies on a permanent Hormone Holiday

December 5th, 2011
11:21 am

Kids of all soci-economic levels are having sex like a bunch of feral cats. The fact that kids are getting away with sexting is disturbing and gross. Where are the adults???

Allowing your children to expect / demand instant gratification leads to a myriad of personality disorders as adults. They will never develop the deep feelings, understanding, and compassion that distinguish good leaders, parents, and spouses.

This generation is hopelessly narcissistic and coddled. They can’t learn the basics of math, reading, writing, history, and geography in school, but they excel at random fornication. We have a nation of parents and teachers that need a serious butt-kicking for being stupid enough to allow this to happen.

Revoke mobile phone privileges (yes, privileges!!) for 2 years if you ever see inappropriate texts on your kids’ phones. If you don’t, you are asking for a troubled kid who will go on in life to become a screwed-up adult.

Keats and Elizabeth Barrett Browning need to be taught in school, NOT “How To Do It” in Sex Ed.


December 5th, 2011
11:25 am

What I find interesting in the article regarding the study is that 1% admit to sexting, while 7% say they’ve received a picture. Somehow, that just doesn’t add up. And like any study, I’d say you can easily multiply the percentage who admitted to it by 10, to get a more accurate number. I have a teenage son and know for a fact it’s a heck of a lot more than 1 in 100 that’s sending/receiving sexts and photos.

However, I also agree this is simply a new medium for the same issue of teenage curiosity. The technology makes it easier for them to explore, and unfortunately, also potentially get into trouble. Being a parent of a teenager means walking that fine line between keeping them safe (looking over their shoulder) and letting them make their mistakes so they’ll learn their lessons. Nobody ever said it was easy.


December 5th, 2011
11:39 am

The best thing you can do for your child, is to let them fall, and pick themselves back up.

Reg Dunlop

December 5th, 2011
11:42 am

@ HB

What you stated makes perfect sense, except to the majority here who would rather make an issue out of something is not really a problem. It takes away the ability for them to blame an outside influence instead of being good, yet trusting parents.

We are becoming a race of victims. Instead of finding out how our kids are getting pregnant, or being an upstanding parent and explain to them about sex, we would rather blame something for our apathy, and find others that agree.

Anthony Weiner

December 5th, 2011
11:55 am

This was too easy…everyone know all of these.


December 5th, 2011
11:55 am

As long as you keep an open dialogue with your children, you should not have anything to worry about. You have to candid and honest and not just tell them “you better not….”, because that will get you no where fast. I am not going to stress myself constantly trying to read my daughter’s texts or her facebook posts. I have her passwords, but I rarely bother to look. We talk about the consequence of once you send the text, leave the message, post on facebook, send the picture, etc…it is out there for the world to see and you can never take it back. It’s an ongoing conversation. Sometimes she does not always want to hear/discuss certain things but I always tell her it is my job as a parent to ensure she has received the knowledge and it is up to her as to whether she adheres. Take the hard route, suffer the lasting consequences.

She will be 14 in a couple of weeks and only a few short years before she is off to college. We are coming to a time where she will soon be out and about without adult supervision all of the time. I am not going to follow her around everywhere that she goes and spy on her. I am going to keep the dialogue open, realize that she is going to make mistakes along the way and pray that her conscious continues to guides her in a positive direction.

Ted Kennedy's Ghost

December 5th, 2011
11:57 am

What’s a sexting?


December 5th, 2011
11:57 am

*please excuse the couple of typo/grammatical errors….

Logic 05

December 5th, 2011
11:58 am


You sound like a smart woman!


December 5th, 2011
11:59 am

I agree 100% with “College Student” and “HB”
The “Problem” isn’t sexting…the “Problem” is the way children are raised now days. they all have non stop tv access can watch any movie they want all have Cellphones before age 3 (yes being sarcastic) and parents (more often than not) do their best to let the anybody else raise their kids. They won’t take their time to and be the parents they should; help their kids with their homework put them in extracurricular activities and other things to keep them busy. Maybe if more parents took the time to be just that, PARENTS and not try to CONTROL every little thing their kids do.
If I do my job correctly as a PARENT I won’t have to worry about my baby girl growing up to be the next “Teen Mommy”. I’m not going to monitor EVERY LITTLE detail of her life. I’m going to teach her what is right and wrong. She will have to EARN her privilege to have a cellphone with my trust.
That is another problem with “MOMS AND DADS” these days they just give the kids whatever they want whenever they want and then give them no privacy (sneaking around their stuff)…I can assure you that if my parents did that I would do stuff just to piss them off and everything I could to rebel.


December 5th, 2011
12:02 pm

Kids have no business with cell phones anyway. Parents have ruined 2 generations of American kids by giving them everything they want and not whipping their butts when they should have. Make fun all you like but facts are facts and the teen pregnancy problem wasn’t around in the 70s and kids were more respectful than these spoiled rotten brats that are being produced now. Our parents disciplined us when we needed it and made sure we had strong moral compasses, something the last couple of generations do not have or ever had.


December 5th, 2011
12:08 pm

I am learning the codes. However, as the one who pays the bill and controls that account I snatch the phone anytime i want and I read all messages coming and going


December 5th, 2011
12:11 pm

@ Logic…thanks. I am a work in progress :0). @Camille, I rarely ever come across other Camille’s, so hello!


December 5th, 2011
12:13 pm

Simple solution. No cell phone, no texting. We all made it in life just fine without a cell phone.