What does SUS mean?
Definition, Use Cases, Examples

SUS Meaning

SUS means suspicious. SUS is an internet abbreviation that refers to someone or something that seems suspicious.

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How is SUS used? Use Cases & Examples

Popularized by the video game Among Us and TikTok, the slang term SUS is used frequently by teenagers to convey that something seems to be sketchy. This versatile expression reveals an awareness that it is sometimes prudent to be mistrustful.

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

-Don’t look at me. My mom will get sus.

-Does anybody have a lighter I can borrow?
-That’s sus.

-This zit cream Grammy bought at the flea market smells sus.

-Don’t tell anybody we’re meeting up.
-You’re acting kind of sus.

How to Identify if your child is using the SUS 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 SUS is often harmless, it 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 SUS slang word

Like many teenage slang terms, the danger level of the abbreviation SUS is all about understanding the context in which it is used. Its use can be completely benign or an indication of dicey behavior. While we try to protect our kids from information that is inappropriate, we also don’t want them to be naive about potential dangers they might encounter. Talk to your teenager and create a plan for when things get sus. Here are some conversation starters:

  • What’s a code word we can use if you need me to pick you up immediately?
  • When I was a teenager, I had a friend who would respond Let’s don’t and say we did! if someone suggested doing something sus, and that usually shut it down. Would that phrase work for you to deter a friend from taking part in risky behavior?
  • Did you know that even attempting to buy alcohol while underage will get your driver’s license suspended in addition to other penalties?
  • What would you do if a friend were engaging in a dangerous activity?

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