With the advent of the digital age, text slang has become very popular among older children and teenagers.  Any child or teen who has a phone is forever using it.  They are texting their friends.  What you didn’t know is that even if you can view their texts, there is a new language so you have no idea what they are really saying.  The old slang words we used as kids and young adults is gone.  Here are a few examples.  FAM refers to a person who is their close friend.  LIT/TURNT/TURN UP refers to something popular or someone who is stoned or drunk.  SMH stands for ‘shaking my head’ or something that is dumb or stupid.  BASIC stands for being bored.  MOS ‘mum over shoulder.’ That right there says it all.  9 and CD9 means parents are nearby.  In light of the fact that text slang pops up for cyber bullying, sexting, and signs of depression in teen’s text’s, it is important for parents to be aware of the abbreviations that are posted and what they stand for.  There are plenty more but they are inappropriate.  Apparently, there is new software, “Bark,” which allows parents to plug into their children’s accounts and have them monitored for certain slang.  Since of late there have been teens convincing other teens to commit suicide, it it an significant new product that can help parents keep an eye on what is happening with their children.  It’s important to have open and honest communication with your children.  If they refuse, keep a wary eye and learn as much as you can about the latest technology.  In the Good Gus Series, there was no technology, so parents had no worries.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you have children and are researching text slang, make sure you find sites that aren’t just general for everyone.  Then take a quick reading break and focus on “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.