Many parents, like myself, do not realize how important it is to lock up ALL medicine, even if they think their children are not using anything. At first I had a strong box, but then he found the spare key. There is a key override, but I have the key at a friend's house.I knew I needed to lock up my medicines, but no one told me how to do so -- that would be very easy and convenient. When I searched the internet, I was able to find something very small and relatively light -- and easy to use.Sometimes children are talking to people they don’t know in chat rooms where child predators pose as teenagers or young kids.
Don’t be disheartened if you do find your children or teenagers speaking the language …it’s simply how they communicate these days.
And all acronyms are not bad …in fact many of them represent good things.
If you find text using a code that references drugs, be honest with your teenager and say, “I found this …I’m worried …what does this mean.” Talk to them, and if you don't get a good answer that makes a lot of sense to you or a straight answer, then continue to pursue and find out. If you get that feeling in your stomach and you feel like there's a red flag and they're doing something, cut off the text-messaging. Chatting on the Internet-- You finally get a glimpse at your teen’s Facebook page, but you don’t understand what you are reading.
Don’t feel alone, there’s a new language evolving, and moms and dads need to learn it.
But what if we told you that is text code for ecstasy?
And a message that says, "Has anyone seen Tina" …that's code for meth. "I want a quart of Ben and Jerry's" actually refers to the drug Ice. Police first started noticing coded messages among drug dealers and college students as far back as 2006.
Texting has become so common among teenagers, it's almost rare to see one not typing out a text-message on a cell phone, but moms and dads may have more reason for concern than just the cell phone bill. As a mother or father, it's hard to keep up with lingo.
If you find a text on your teen's cell that says, "I want a burrito"...normally, that wouldn't be cause for alarm.
If I had this information early on, it would have been useful.
The sooner parents know the signs, the more of a chance they have to deal with it.
Law enforcement has to keep up with the changes in technology to stay on top of it – and the parents do also.