What does STFU mean?
Definition, Use Cases, Examples

STFU Meaning

STFU stands for Shut The F**k Up.

STFU is an internet slang initialism used to tell someone to be quiet.

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How is STFU used? Use Cases & Examples

Teenagers use this slang term to express their disagreement with another person’s post or during a messaging argument. The abbreviation STFU may also be used in a joking manner. Most slang initialisms have the same meaning in upper or lower case, but for this particular slang term, using all caps rather than lowercase indicates a higher degree of anger.

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

-You’re such a teacher’s pet.

-Madison Cawthorn is the GOAT.

-Your dad screws llamas.

-I’m going to own you running suicides today.

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

The prevalence of the slang expression STFU is the perfect jumping-off point for a discussion on civil discourse. Convey to your teen that, despite the negative examples shown by some celebrities and politicians, we can and should control our reactions. Here are some examples of how you can discuss civility with your teenager:

  • What are some less offensive alternatives that convey the same idea as STFU?
  • Do you think people use this slang expression because they don’t have a sharp comeback or are obviously losing an argument?
  • Why do you think it’s so difficult for some people to take the high road?
  • Can you think of an example of a celebrity who acted graciously in response to a provocative remark or action?

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