What does ASL mean?
Definition, Use Cases, Examples

ASL Meaning

ASL stands for Age/Sex/Location. ASL is an internet initialism that is a request for personal information.

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How is ASL used? Use Cases & Examples

The slang term ASL is used when two people are messaging, and one person wants to find out the age, gender, and location of the other person. Many teenagers rightfully consider the use of this abbreviation the domain of internet perverts. Another meaning of ASL that is not a slang term but you might see occasionally is American Sign Language.

Examples of how your teen might use the slang term ASL:

-OMG this guy on Snapchat just asked for my asl.
-perv

-You know those 13-year-olds are lying when they tell you they’re 18 for their ASL, right?

-You’re beautiful and sexy! What’s your asl?
-67/M/Central Prison LOL

I want to go to Florida State because you can take ASL to fulfill foreign language requirements.

How to Identify if your child is using the ASL slang word

You might learn your child is using this slang term by chance when a text pops up on the phone screen. The use of the slang term ASL is a huge red flag and indicates 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 easily be adjusted at any time.

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

The initialism ASL definitely warrants your immediate attention if you notice it in your teenager’s internet communications. The fact that this abbreviation is being used reveals that your child is talking to a stranger. Here are some suggestions for discussions to make your teen aware of the danger of internet predators:

  • There have been lots of scary stories in the news about predators approaching kids while they’re playing online video games. If someone asked you if you have a webcam or for you ASL, what would you do?
  • We all appreciate compliments, but be wary if a stranger starts showering you with flattery. That is step one in internet predator grooming.
  • What would you do if someone you don’t know contacted you online claiming to be the friend of a friend and started asking you for personal information?
  • What would you do if a stranger, who seemed really cool and interested in you, approached you online?
  • Remember, the MO of many predators is to pretend that they are younger than they actually are but enough older than you that you will be flattered to have attracted their attention.

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