A small, non-malicious piece of code that is stored on your computer and tracks your online behaviour. Used for things like online targeted advertising.

Part of the internet that you can only access through an anonymous and encrypted network, allowing users and operators to remain untraceable.

Multiplayer video games played competitively - increasingly by professional gamers for monetary gain - often in front of online and offline audiences. 

Sending an offensive or aggressive public message to a specific person online, often via message boards and/or chat forums.

When a player in an online game deliberately irritates and harasses other players within the game. 

Hypertext Markup Language, the authoring language used to create pages on the internet. It provides a web browser with directions on how to structure a site’s information and features.

The promotion of products or services by social media ‘influencers’, from celebrity Instagram accounts (i.e., Kim Kardashian) to popular YouTube vloggers (video bloggers).

A programming language widely used on the web to run small programs in your browser called applets.

A measure of how fast information is downloaded to your computer via a modem. Kbps means a transfer rate of one kilobyte per second.

The broadcasting of a real-time video to an online audience, on sites such as Twitch, Facebook and Instagram. 

A ‘massively multiplayer online’ game, played by thousands at a time in an open world, such as World of Warcraft (WoW).

A parent who posts a large number of photos of their children online, often without the child’s consent.

When fraudsters attempt to trick users into passing on their personal information through malicious emails or pop-up windows.

Sexually explicit media shared online without the consent of the pictured individual, and usually by an ex-partner.

Virtual items that can be won or purchased within certain video games to decorate and customise characters. They can also be attained through online gambling.

Deliberately spreading controversial opinions, hurtful comments or threats online, often with the intention of provoking a reaction from others.

‘User-generated content’ is any form of content created by users of a service and made available publicly on that service, such as YouTube vloggers.

The in-game currency of Fortnite, bought with real money to obtain skins and other accessories.

A malicious computer program and form of malware that replicates itself to spread to other computers, often hidden within email attachments and instant messages. 

Otherwise known as vloggers. A person who creates and uploads content to YouTube and particularly someone who has a large fan base on the platform.

A group of low-level gamers in multiplayer games who team up to beat better opponents.


Teen text/instant messenger slang for the word ‘sex’.

Short for ‘quoted for truth’, meaning you’ll hold someone to a previous online comment.

Backhanded compliments aimed at undermining someone’s confidence and increasing their need of the manipulator's approval.

Means ‘away from keyboard’ – a term used online to say you’ll be away from the screen for a while.


Stands for ‘before anyone else’ but is also used as a hybrid of the word’s ‘baby’ and ‘babe’. Used on social media and messaging apps as a term of affection

Describing something fairly pedestrian and ordinary

Get to the truth

To reject someone romantically

When something is over the top, dramatic, excessive

Stands for ‘Greatest Of All Time’

If something or someone is Gucci they are good, cool, flashy

One hundred percent. I’ll be there, hundo P

You’re weak when you find something amusing, hysterical, really funny

If something is lit, then it’s amazing / excellent in any sense

When it’s on point or on fleek it means it’s extra perfect –your make-up is so on point today

Talking in a bitter or sassy way about someone or something that you haven’t gotten over

Wild or harsh

Feisty or sassy

Abbreviation for relationship

Describing something that looks good. You can use this similarly to on point / on fleek

Popular, trendy, awesome

Suspicious – when someone is being shady or hiding something

When something is to die for

Tea refers to gossip – spill the tea

Speaking badly about something or someone or give someone a dirty look

When you’re either really excited about an upcoming event or that you’re going to be pretty inebriated

A general awareness or appreciation for social or current affairs

Meaning cool, good looking

Short for sweet

When something is going pear shaped

Their closest friends

Acronym for “To be honest”

“Fear of missing out.”

Term for their friend group

This is a way to say “very” or “a lot.” It’s added after the verb or adjective

To go away or leave

To ignore someone on purpose

Looking good in your skin no matter your size or shape

A deep understand of a topic being discussed

Means “going to” or “intend on” doing something

Something is “really good” or “cool”

Rich or acting rich

Term used in a sentence abbreviated for the term “as f#@#”

Used these days as a quick way to say “original” or “original gangster”

A very stong word for yes

A way to describe an attractive male or female

Something “really good”

Extremely buff or physically fit

When on Snapchat someone opens your snap and doesn’t snap back

A shorthand for saying ‘I can’t deal with that’ used in a playful way

To some extent

To be offended by something

When someone is so good looking they are edible





Thinspiration (photos or messages that “inspire” an effort to become thin)

Self-harming behaviour


Short for a parent is nearby

Parents gone

Lets chat in private


Marijuana e.g. ‘I’m looking for some tree’

Referring to a suggestive or erotic photo

I hate you

Anytime, anywhere

Talk dirty to me

Lets meet in real life

Fake Instagram account

Open Crib, meaning no parents will be at home or at a gathering or party

Used to describe a person, who is socially construed as straight by those around him/her, but in actuality is gay

Being desperate for something

Short for plans in their social media or texts for an oncoming sexual hook-up

To have casual sex

To meet under the pre-tense of watching Netflix/TV together when actually planning to meet for sex

Acronym for “Naked in front of their computer”

Acronym for “See you for sex”

 Acronym for “Get naked on camera!”