When parents receive a text message from their child, littered with abbreviations and text speak which they do not understand, they are often confused. Some of the abbreviations are 2go2 [to go to] or 2nyt [tonight].
Now, a company called DML has created a new app, which will help baffled parents decipher what their children mean in their text messages.
AdvertisementCalled TextGenie, the app deciphers text langue and slang from incoming SMS messages and translates them into plain English.
Research by DML claims that 84 per cent of parents with teenagers admit to receiving text messages from their children, which they simply do not understand.
"As a parent of a teenager myself, admittedly conversation is more grunts and monosyllabic at the best of times, but at least, TextGenie goes some way to helping in the area where the youngsters are more likely to communicate," the Telegraph quoted DCML director, Nick Flahert, as saying.
Drawing on an existing catalogue of 1,500 abbreviations, TextGenie also allows people to build up their own database of words and phrases often used by their children.
Other translations include: CT [can't talk], koz [because] and gr8 [great].
The app is available on Android phones for 89p.