More time at home might mean more incoming texts…which might be layered in hidden meanings. Need a decoder? We gotcha covered! Download Emoji 101 for the scoop on the latest trends in teen text-slang. And if you see an emoji that’s familiar? Don’t freak out! And don’t chuck your kid’s phone in a lake. Take a deep breath and practice your “I’m not shocked” face, then approach your child with a curious tone, asking questions like, “Tell me more.” and “How did this make you feel?” This will help your child know that they can come to you when they are confused or hurt, as a safe harbor to help them process the hazards of the digital road. And one more quick heads up: if you do print this out, make sure to find a discreet place for it, as much of the content is inappropriate for young eyes.
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