What Does BMS Mean? Learn Teen Texting Terms of 2018 and More

The Bark Team | January 19, 2018 | Internet Safety Tips

teen texting terms

Parenting is a rewarding job, but it can also be challenging, especially in today's digital age. Especially when it comes to teen texting code terms which seem to change daily. However, by learning the secret language of teens and knowing what your kids are talking about, you can be aware of any possible issues. What does BMS mean? What does PMOYS mean? Are these phrases and shorthand you, as a parent, need to be concerned with? With this information, you can have those important conversations about what is appropriate and what is not when it comes to digital citizenship and life in general. Here are some teen texting code terms you may see your child using.

Snapchat Texting Code

  • Snapchat Streak or Snapstreak: Snapchat is a popularity contest among many teens as they are on an elusive quest to keep up their Streaks. What is that? you may be asking yourself. Friends create a Snapchat streak when they send each other snaps every day for at least three days in a row. The streak continues to increase as long as the friends snap within a 24 hour period. Once a streak is created, the user has the fire emoji next to their streak number.
  • PMOYS: What does PMOYS mean? This acronym stands for "Put Me On Your Snapstory" and is usually requested by someone to prove that there is some sort of relationship or friendship. PMOYS becomes part of the popularity contest of this app.

Social Media Texting Code

  • LMP is a term that means "Like My Pic." Teens ask for likes to Instagram postings to show their popularity, and if they don't get enough likes they will delete the picture.
  • 11:11 is a popular time as many believe it is the proper time to make a wish. In social media, many teens will take a screenshot of the time and let their followers know who their crush is.
  • Shading on social media is a passive-aggressive form of cyberbullying, where teens gossip about another party without naming that party, but everyone knows who it is. It is the general social media term for sub-tweeting.
  • Spam is a fake social media account often used for cyberbullying, aka the general social media term for a Finsta.

 Teen Sexting Code

  • Smash means to have casual sex. This term is often used in memes or games played on social media.
  • BMS: What does BMS mean? stands for "Breaks My Scale." This is used when rating somebody. A girl may send her friend a message stating that a cute boy BMS.
  • Bae is the term for significant other or someone a teen has a crush on
  • Thirsty can be used to mean one is desperate or wants something. Usually this is in reference to someone who desperately wants to be liked or have sex.
  • Beat cake is a sexual term that refers to engaging in rough sex. Teens try to avoid known sexual terms by using innocuous cooking terms instead. They think these terms will not get flagged as inappropriate.

Teen Texting Code

  • Swoop is a texting code to talk about getting a ride from someone. The teen is asking to be swooped up by someone to go somewhere.
  • Thot came from rap music and has emerged from the acronym, "That hoe over there." It is a derogatory word used to call someone a hoe or slut.
  • 4:20 refers to smoking weed. Its origins go back to a group of friends that met after school to smoke at 4:20 pm. Another significance to 4:20 is April 20, a special day for those who wish to celebrate and consume cannabis.
  • Low Key is used to indicate a teen is somewhat interested in something or someone (can sometimes refer to keeping information a secret)
  • High Key means when a teen is very interested in something or someone (can also mean actively spreading information)

Teenagers are at a stage where they want to be independent but still require guidance. Teen text code allows kids to communicate interestingly while having a sense of independence. Many terms are innocent, but others can pose a warning sign to parents. It is important to know what your child is doing online. However, as a parent, it can be hard to monitor everything your teen does, says, and sees. With Bark's monitoring services, we can help you save time and give you the peace of mind you deserve. For more information, such as “What does BMS meanand more, visit Bark today.

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