Kids often use this acronym to express displeasure.
For example, if their friend sent them a text message saying, “My mom said we aren’t allowed to go see the new Marvel movie this weekend,” the kid might respond with, “Smh bro.”
SMH meaning and more: How to talk with your kid about slang
Want to talk with your child about slang meanings? Here are a few conversation starters for kids to help you teach them healthy tech habits.
“What’s a new word you and your friends are into right now?”
“When I was your age, people would say something was ‘all that and a bag of chips’ if it was awesome. What’s your favorite word to describe something as cool?”
“I know emojis can mean something different to kids than they do to parents. Are there any emojis I use that you think I should stop using?”
“If you could describe yourself using just one emoji, which one would you pick?”
Want to Receive Slang Alerts?
Bark gives you important insights into your kid’s world. This includes sending you alerts if your kid is sending or receiving concerning slang, informing you about Gen Z trends, and giving you an overview of whether your child’s messages are more positive or negative.
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I have used the bark app (and now, the bark phone for my youngest) across both droid and apple devices to keep me updated on current lingo and issues that I need to address with my kids for over 5 years. Thank you for the education, extra set of eyes/ears, and your heart, Bark people!
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I decided it was time I got more involved in what my daughter sees and reads. So within 3 minutes of downloading, Bark found an extremely inappropriate issue!!! Though it did not involve her, it did alert me to a picture she took a screen shot of. It was a message from a boy to a friend of hers. It made my stomach turn. Thank you!
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