What does RT mean?
Definition, Use Cases, Examples

RT Meaning

RT stands for Retweet.

RT is an internet slang initialism that refers to reposting of information on the social media platform Twitter.

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How is RT used? Use Cases & Examples

Twitter is one of the most talked about social media platforms and is used by people of all ages. If you see the initialism RT in your teen’s messages, mostly likely they are referring to reposting a tweet on Twitter. Twitter users can retweet their own tweets or someone else’s.

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

-Did you see David’s RT of the Baby Keem link?

-Gracie RTs everything that Sarah tweets.

-I’m going to RT that!
-Get after it!

-Every rt he posts is fake news smh

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

It’s really difficult to avoid the lure off social media platforms such as Twitter. The human need for connection, fear of missing out, and free publicity opportunities are some of the reasons people engage in social media. Teens are especially susceptible to allure of these platforms. Teens who are shy and feel unaccepted in real-life situations might feel powerful wielding their keyboard. Positive reinforcement from posts creates dopamine surges in the brain that are irresistible to the user looking to boost his/her self-esteem.

Here are some ways to talk with your teenager about resisting the urge to constantly check social media sites:

  • Do you ever see people so absorbed with their phones that it seems like real life is passing them by?
  • I found that I was constantly checking my Facebook and Instagram accounts, so I deleted the apps from my phone. Now I can only check-in on the computer, and it has helped me not waste so much time. What’s a strategy you use to stay off social media when you have a lot to do?
  • Tell me three non-screen activities you’d like to try, and I’ll see if we can make them happen.
  • Social media is a great way to spread information quickly, but the downside is that sometimes the information is not correct. Have you learned ways to tell the difference between true and false information?
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