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#selfharmmm

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.

bae

“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.

catfishing

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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cringepics

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

default

An insult used to describe new or inexperienced players in the game Fortnite.

flaming

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.

meme

An idea, activity, or image that goes viral and is shared across the Internet, often in the form of a photo with words superimposed on it.

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.

sextortion

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.

troll

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®.