BOISE – As technology becomes more and more prevalent, so too does the shorthand lingo many people use for texting on their cell phones and on the Internet.
Kids use acronyms and shorthand when they text and chat. You might have seen some of it. LOL (Laugh Out Loud) is one of the more common acronyms that has been around for a while.
But others, like TDTM, is shorthand for things that should have parents worried. It’s part of a new language just for the Internet.
There is a serious issue when it comes to keeping kids safe and out of harm’s way when it comes to the Internet. Predators troll websites and chat rooms looking to take advantage of kids and teens.
As we try and keep kids safe the difficulty increases when kids speak a foreign language.
"Well, I'm not surprised that they exist. They're pretty shocking," said Katie Zammiello from Boise.
KTVB asked parents to read this sentence from an online chat room.
“19/m/ca watz ur n/a/s/l? snd m ur p# we can pRt! g2g4n”
Of the parents KTVB spoke to, none of them were able to read the entire sentence.
Here’s what it says: 19 year old male from California. What's your name, age, sex, location? Send me your phone number, we can party! Got to go for now.
"If my child received something like that, I wouldn't be able to decipher that. That's what that meant?" said Debbie Line from Boise.
Kyle Carpenter is a father of two girls and believes online predators could target his daughters.
He believes there are people who talk like this, but didn't know to what extent.
"Some of them are pretty innocent, but some of them aren't, like Too Hot For Text,” Carpenter said as he flipped the pages of a booklet called Internet Lingo Dictionary: A Parents' Guide to Codes Used in Chat Rooms, Instant Messaging, Text Messaging, and Blogs. The booklet is put out by the Idaho Attorney General.
"I can see that '8' right there, that worries me," said Carpenter.
Page after page, the booklet is filled with shorthand and drawings using only a keyboard.
"That's kind of scary, especially knowing that I can look at my daughter's text and think it's innocent, but it's not," said Carpenter.
Because of the sinister nature of a lot of this language, the Idaho Attorney General's Office wants parents to know what's going on.
"I think it's a good thing to be aware of because it reinforces how important it is to be monitoring what's going on online," said Emily Boles.
And for parents to know that something that might seem innocent, upon further inspection might not be.
"It's just good to know that when you see kind of nonsense things pop up, you realize, okay that's not just silly, that it has the potential to be something more," said Boles.
As for TDTM, that has a meaning that's not so innocent. It means Talk Dirty To Me.