Our Digital Footprint - January 2017

Our Digital Footprint

January 2017

This Month: A Digital Glossary, How To Be Safe, & Netiquette

Do you know the meaning of “doxing” or what POS or NIFOC mean? It is hard to keep up with the digital lexicon these days and know if your child is using the internet, social media or texting safely. Read on for more information on navigating the new social landscape.

A Digital Glossary

FYI...acronyms are fun to use and quite handy, but keeping up with the constantly evolving use of acronyms or lingo amongst texters and social media users is challenging.  

If you happen to be looking at your child’s texts or posts, knowing the meaning of some of these terms can help you understand what’s really going on between your child and a friend. That “cook session” isn’t about dinner - it may mean your child knows about or is involved in a cyberbullying situation. And FTW does not involve curse words - “For The Win” is an expression of encouragement that can also be used sarcastically. POS or PIR mean “parent over shoulder” or “parent in room.” Here are some links to other websites that can help you decipher the codes:

Commonsense Media’s Digital Glossary:


NetLingo: The Internet Dictionary provides a handy search function. BTW, the

Internet Acronym of the Day is GNBLFY: Got Nothing But Love For You.


From CoolMomTech, common terms organized by category that parents should know:


How To Be Safe

If you discover that your child is veering toward a dubious digital path, then it might be time to talk with him or her about how to be safe in our digital world. It’s never too late! Follow these links for suggestions on how to talk with your kids about online safety:



A basic set of rules for staying safe in the digital world from http://www.safetynetkids.org.uk/personal-safety/staying-safe-online/:

  1. Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.

  2. Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself.  Once you’ve put  a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.

  3. Keep your privacy settings as high as possible

  4. Never give out your passwords

  5. Don’t befriend people you don’t know

  6. Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online.  Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do

  7. Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are

  8. Think carefully about what you say before you post something online

  9. Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude

  10. If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.


Following good etiquette, or “netiquette,” can keep kids safe too. A misunderstanding can quickly become a fight that may leave your child feeling angry, embarrassed, and/or scared.



If your child responds positively to visual learning, try this mini-movie from BrainPop

BrainPop: Digital Etiquette mini-movie

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