What does Throw Shade mean?
Definition, Use Cases, Examples

Throw Shade Meaning

Throw shade means to criticize someone.

Throw shade is an internet slang phrase that means to ridicule someone verbally or nonverbally.

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How is Throw Shade used? Use Cases & Examples

Thanks to the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning, this slang phrase became widespread to describe the practice of disrepecting someone in a subtle way. This means of expressing contempt was common in the ballroom and vogue culture of the 1980s.

Examples of how your teen might use the slang term throw shade:

-Margot saw my outfit and said she loved my good taste.
-Oh is that what you call it?
-Stop shading me b*tch

-Watch out for Kimmy. She’ll throw shade on you in a heartbeat.

-Your jacket is so interesting.
-Are you throwing shade?

-Those shoes look so soft and cushioned. I think my grandmother has a pair like that.
-Go throw shade on somebody else, loser.

How to Identify if your child is using the Throw Shade slang word

You might learn your child is using this slang term by chance when a text pops up on the phone screen. But while the slang term throw shade is usually harmless, other teenage slang terms could indicate that your teen is talking about risky behaviors or communicating with potentially dangerous people.

Having a parental control app on your child’s phone will give you peace of mind by alerting you to your child’s exposure to risks encountered on their phone. With a parental control app installed on your child’s phone, you have the control to set alerts to help your teen avoid the pitfalls of predators, drug dealers, and other negative influences. Having the ability to vary the level of monitoring gives you the power to choose what is right for your child, and these levels can be adjusted easily at any time.

How to talk with your child about use of the Throw Shade slang word

The slang expression throw shade is a term all teenagers know and most know how to do. Although some shade remarks are really clever and creative, they can also be hurtful to the recipient even if the insult is subtle. We focus on practicing kindness with young children, but it’s also an expectation for teenagers. Helping your teenagers practice intentional kindness will enrich their lives as well as those around them.

Here are some tips for encouraging kindness:

  • Model kindness in your own daily life.
  • Initiate activities that are a service to others.
  • Let your teen know that kindness doesn’t have to be complicated. A smile, a shoulder to cry on, a wave of thanks can all make a profound difference to someone who is having a hard time.
  • Remind your kid to consider how an action or response will affect those around him/her.
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