What does SOS mean?
Definition, Use Cases, Examples

SOS Meaning

SOS stands for Save Our Ship

SOS refers to the Morse code alert for a ship in distress. It is currently used as an internet slang initialism to signify any emergency situation.

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How is SOS used? Use Cases & Examples

Teenagers use SOS for emergencies of varying degrees; the emergency could be anything from “my press-on fingernail fell off” to “someone is trying to break into the car.” In the UK SOS is an acronym used by the police for Shoot on Sight.

Here are some examples of how your teen might use the slang expression SOS:

-Best mom ever, SOS! I forgot to get my cleats out of the car. Could you please meet me after school so I can get them before the bus leaves?

-SOS please come pick me up asap! Sophia’s cousin Noah is giving me the ick.

-Kaitlyn sent me an SOS. Her parents are arguing and she wants to stay with us tonight.

-I heard Scotland Yard issued an SOS for the terrorist who escaped.

How to Identify if your child is using the SOS 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 SOS 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 easily be adjusted at any time.

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

When your child uses SOS in a message to you, he/she is affirming the close relationship you have by asking for your help and showing trust in you. While it is a positive communication, if the urgent situations are caused by a lack of planning or organization, help your teen put structures in place to avoid preventable problems in the future.

Use of SOS offers the opportunity to talk about safety. If your teenager is concerned for his/her safety, you could reserve SOS in your family as an alert of actual danger.

SOS is a phrase you should monitor. Hopefully your teen’s emergencies will be relatively inconsequential; but if your teen or one of their friends seems to be experiencing potential or actual danger, you will need to intervene.

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