Teen Slang that Parents Need to Know

Learn some of the most popular slang words, terms, and emoji that kids and teens use in 2023.

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In today’s digital age, teenagers are often communicating in a language of their own. With the rise of texting, gaming, and social media, teens have developed a unique set of slang and expressions that can leave parents feeling like they need a translator. If you’re a parent trying to decode your teen’s messages, understand their Roblox adventures, or simply want to know what those emojis mean, you’re in the right place. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the world of teens peak in 2023 and explore some of the key phrases, acronyms, and trends that parents should be aware of.

Additionally, we’ll discuss why having a safer kid’s phone — like the Bark Phone — especially in the context of gaming and online interactions, is crucial in today’s digital landscape.

Teen Slang in 2024


Stands for “fear of missing out” is still relevant in 2023. Teens use it to describe the anxiety that they might be missing out on something fun or important.


To “flex” means to show off or boast about something. Teens might say, “He’s always flexing his new shoes.”


Refer’s one’s outfit. “Look at my drip today! New shirt, new pants, it’s all gucci.”


Slang for “cool” or “good.” “Everything’s gucci, don’t worry.”

Roblox and Gaming Terms


Robux are the virtual currency in the popular game Roblox. Teens might ask for Robux to purchase in-game items or accessories.


Short for “good game,” this is a polite way to acknowledge the end of a gaming session, whether you win or lose.


A term used to describe a player who is inexperienced or not very skilled in a game.


Stands for “away from keyboard.” Teens use this when they temporarily stepaway from a game or chat.

Teen Emojis in 2024


Used to mean “dead” as in something is so funny you died. Gen Z uses this in place of the 😂emoji.


This fire emoji is used to convey that something is cool, exciting, or attractive.


When teens use this emoji, it’s often an expression of relief after a stressful situation.


The dump truck emoji is shorthand for a big butt.

The Importance of a Safer Kid’s Phone

As a parent, understanding teen slang is essential for maintaining open communication with your child and ensuring their safety. While it’s important to trust your teen, it’s also crucial to provide them with the right tools and guidance. One such tool is a safer kids’ phone.

A safer kid’s phone comes with built-in parental controls that allow you to set limits on your child’s phone usage, block inappropriate content, and monitor their online activity.  Understanding popular phrases, gaming terminology, and emoji meanings is also a good starting point.

So, the next time your teen texts you with an unfamiliar acronym or shares their gaming achievements, you’ll be better prepared to decode their messages and engage in meaningful conversations about their online experiences.

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