Are you ‘down’ with the kids?

Do you remember as a child using words and phrases that your parents had no clue about? Then suddenly you’re the grown up and language has developed yet again.

The phrases ‘gram’ and ‘pwned’ leave mums and dads scratching their heads as they try to decipher what on earth their offspring are talking about, it has emerged.

are you down with the kids?

Researchers who polled 1,000 parents and their children aged 8-13 revealed 45 per cent of adults wish they could speak more confidently to other generations.

More than one in four had no idea ‘the gram’ was social media platform Instagram, and nearly four in 10 didn’t know ‘hangry’ is a portmanteau used when one is angry due to hungriness. I knew both of these…does that mean I pass?

Only one quarter were able to identify that to be ‘pwned’ means being ‘owned’ – i.e losing an argument online. Hmmm I didn’t know that! In fact, one in five adults believe it was just a mis-spelling of ‘pawned’.

To bridge the generational language gap, O2 and the NSPCC have launched a quiz pitting the digital knowledge of parents’ against their kids.

The study also found three in 10 parents were unable to identify Zoella as a famous British YouTube star. Also15 per cent bizarrely believe the acronym ‘TBT’ to stand for ‘Tomorrow Basketball Time’ rather than ‘Throwback Thursday.’

Another third find themselves baffled by ‘FTW’, which stands for ‘For The Win’ – meaning something is good. Hands up!

Thinking back to their own childhoods, just under half of Brits remember there being a language gap between themselves and their elders.

It also emerged children from eight to 13 are more confident speaking about who has the most views on YouTube or celebrity culture rather than topics taught on the school curriculum, including history, politics and science.

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Parents vs Kids can help to facilitate that conversation while exploring the online world in a fun and inclusive way.

The Parents v Kids quiz is available on Amazon Alexa and is designed to be played between parents and children aged from eight to 13.

The quiz features television presenter Lauren Layfield asking the kids questions, and comedian and Pointless presenter Richard Osman as the voice for ‘Team Parent’.

The study of 1,000 adults and their children was conducted via

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