If you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard of TikTok. It’s a social media platform that has taken the world by storm, particularly among Gen-Z. But as the popularity of TikTok has grown, so too has the number of slang terms and expressions used on the platform. And let’s face it, as a parent, it can feel like trying to decipher a new language. But fear not, we’ve got you covered.
The TikTok Vernacular
Let’s start with some of the most common phrases that you’re likely to come across on TikTok. Consider this your insider’s guide to the TikTok vernacular:
- Abow: Similar to “wow,” “damn,” or “OMG,” this expression is used to express shock or disbelief.
- Accountant: Believe it or not, this term refers to a sex worker or stripper.
- ALR: An abbreviation for “all right,” the #ALR hashtag is used to get more views on videos.
- AS: Short for “Adult swim,” this hashtag is used when creating short clips in the style of the US Cartoon Network late-night programming block.
- ASL: Though not a new phrase, on TikTok it means “age, sex, location” or simply “as hell.”
- ATP: This abbreviation has a couple of meanings on TikTok: “at this point” or “answer the phone.”
- Baka: Mainly used by Anime and Manga fans, this Japanese term means “stupid,” “idiot,” or “fool.”
- Banger: When something is “banger,” it means it’s awesome or great, often used when talking about music.
These are just a few examples, but you get the idea. TikTok has its own unique language that is constantly evolving. It’s no wonder parents can feel a little lost when trying to understand what their teens are saying.
The Rise of TikTok Slang
But it’s not just TikTok. Kids these days seem to have their own slang on every social media platform, from Snapchat to Instagram. Even TV shows and video games have their own unique language. It can be overwhelming to keep up with it all.
The Dark Side of TikTok
While TikTok may be entertaining and addictive, it’s important to be aware of its potential downsides. The platform’s fast-paced nature and constant stream of content can have negative effects on attention spans, particularly among kids. Known as “TikTok brain,” this phenomenon can lead to shorter attention spans and even addiction.
Help is Available
If you’re struggling to understand your teen’s fascination with TikTok or worried about their social media use, you’re not alone. We’re here to help. Our experts can provide guidance and support to ensure your teen develops a healthy relationship with technology. Don’t hesitate to reach out and book a free Gameplan call to learn more about our program.
So, whether you’re trying to decode the latest TikTok slang or navigate the world of social media with your teen, know that you’re not alone. With a little bit of understanding and support, we can all stay connected in this ever-changing digital landscape.