Get this list as a PDF to share with parents at your school in the free Family Tech Talk Night event planning kit. The kit also includes a detailed planning guide, presentation materials suitable for a non-expert to use, and graphics to promote your event.

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A hashtag used to identify (and often glorify) posts about self-harm habits, such as cutting and burning; users also share tricks on how to keep these behaviors hidden.


“Before anyone else”; a term of affection for a significant other or crush.

burn note

A message that gets erased after a set period of time.


Using a fake profile or pretending to be someone else (or both) to get a target to share personal information or become romantically involved.

cook session

When a group of people gang up on someone else via social media.

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Awkward, cringe-inducing photos; these can be used as blackmail and/or be uploaded to public forums.


A secondary Instagram account, often set up under an alias, for posts someone wants only a small group of friends (and often, not parents) to see. “Finsta” comes from “fake Instagram”; “rinsta” is used to describe a "real Instagram” account.


Sending angry, rude, or obscene messages to a person, either publicly or privately.

happy slapping

An extreme form of bullying; physical assaults are recorded, then sent to others or posted online.


A term for a person who’s new to a multiplayer online game or other Internet activity and doesn’t know how to use it well. Also spelled newb, n00b, nob, noob, or nub.

rage quitting

When a gamer quits after an angry scene directed at other players; it often results from being purposely provoked by the other players.


Using sexual images to blackmail, humiliate, or get revenge on someone.

text bombing

Sending a large number of text messages to a person at one time so that they can’t use their device.


Someone who deliberately makes an inflammatory post or purposely shares misleading information to get other people to respond emotionally.

Get a downloadable PDF of this list to share with parents at your school in the free Family Tech Talk Night planning kit. Family Tech Talk Night is a great way for PTOs and PTAs to help parents teach their kids to be safe online and practice digital citizenship. The kit includes a step-by-step planning guide, a fully scripted slideshow presentation, and lots of other tools and handouts.

Adapted from dictionaries of Internet acronyms and terms compiled by the Cyberbullying Research Center and Common Sense Education. Family Tech Talk Night™ is a trademark of School Family Media®.