What does SQUAD mean?
Definition, Use Cases, Examples

SQUAD Meaning

SQUAD refers to a close group of friends.

SQUAD is an internet slang term used to describe a group of friends with whom someone has a feeling of solidarity and shared identity.

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How is SQUAD used? Use Cases & Examples

While the term squad meaning a group of people has been around for centuries, the current slang version has its origins in hiphop culture. Used by rappers like Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame, the slang expression has been mainlined by pop icons such as Taylor Swift. Comparable slang phrases to indicate a group of friends are posse and crew.

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

-What are you doing this weekend?
-Going to the lake with my squad.

-Check out this Insta post.

-How well do you know Makenna?
-Really well, she’s in my squad.

-Be back soon. Eating pizza with my squad.

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

Groups of friends give teens the sense of identity and solidarity that they crave. As young children, their sense of security is almost exclusively family-centered. As they develop, their world expands and their social group also is key in providing a sense of security and belonging. Teenagers naturally fall into cliques and that’s fine, but it is important to talk with your teenagers about tolerence and kindness towards others, even those who are not in their squad.

Here are some ideas for initiating a conversation about inclusivity:

  • What happens in your squad if several of you befriend a new person, but some people in your group don’t care for him/her?
  • Lots of schools have social groups based on activities such as band kids, jocks, and drama kids. Do you and your friends identify with just one activity or do you have members from across the school?
  • If someone who has a negative or bullying personality wanted to befriend your group, how would you handle it?
  • Peer pressure is a powerful force. What’s your strategy for handling your friends if they start treating anyone in an unkind manner?

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