With so much interaction done online, it’s increasingly tricky to know when your child is potentially in danger.
The line between trusting your child (and respecting their privacy) and policing them out of concern is a fine one for parents to tread.
As such, police have shared a list of ‘secret texting codes’ children are using.
These codes are also regularly used by sex pests looking to groom children online.
The list of abbreviations includes codes for ‘get naked on cam’, ‘parents are watching’, and ‘see you for sex’.
A spokesman for Newry and Mourne PSNI, said: “As a follow up to the text talk post just to clarify that this was an American resource and indeed some of the codes may not be being used here but it is something to be aware off if you see cryptic messages on your kids devices.
“Also prevention is better than cure so speak to your kids about their online activity, what they are using and respect the age limits of social media platforms – is it proper to set up a kid with a Facebook account at eight years old?