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Learn the 2020 'red flag' teen slangs

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Texting and teens seems to be an inseparable pairing. Working with teens can be fun and also frustrating — especially when slang seems to be their primary language among one another. Their desire for independence has them trying to exclude parents, teachers, and those who are helping shape their lives and encourage them to make wise choices. Their texting slang has a meaning all its own.

We all would agree our teens face enormous challenges and distractions — but working alongside parents, church youth leaders, and those dedicated to youth helps make the journey easier. Axis is an organization helping adults connect better with the kids in their world.

Much of the teen slang is an innocent way to text quickly and impart messages that are quickly understood. But Axis also shares some Red Flag slang that adults need to be more wary:         

1. Addy: Which is short for Adderall — the medication used to treat ADHD

2. Catfish: Someone pretending to be someone they’re not on social media, either for dating or sexual purposes.

3. D: Short for d*** She just wants the D

4. DTF: Down to F***

5. FWB: Friends with benefits

6. KMS: Kill myself

7. KYS: Kill yourself

8. Smash: To have casual sex

9. Thirsty: Desperate, eager for something — referring to sex or gaining social media attention.

Parents need to know that they remain the strongest influence in their kids’ lives. Don’t give up because it seems like you’re not getting through. Your words matter. So does your love and commitment. Continue to encourage them to work hard, plan for their future, and inspire them by living the kind of life they want to emulate.

For the rest of the Axis 2020 list click here.

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Karen Farris saw the need to help underserved kids while serving in a youth ministry that gave her the opportunity to visit rural schools on the Olympic Peninsula. She now volunteers her time grant writing to bring resources to kids in need. She also shares stories of faith in action for those needing a dose of hope on her weekly blog, Friday

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