Text Messaging: Know the Warning Signs

Monitoring your child’s Internet browsing and cell phone use are important and challenging aspects of being a parent.

In keeping track of your child’s text messaging, with its dizzying array of coded abbreviations and symbols, there are some codes that every parent should keep his/her eyes open for.

These are codes that kids use to warn others that their parents are around or that they use to talk about sex, drugs, or to arrange a meeting. For example, “KPC” means “keeping parents clueless,” and “LMIRL” means “Let’s meet in real life.” A helpful tutorial for parents is located at www.mahalo.com. Type: “How to understand your kids’ text messages” in the search box.

For particular help, you may call Assistance Ministry at (213) 637-7650.

This announcement is also posted on the Assistance Ministry page of the Archdiocesan website: http://www.la-archdiocese.org

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