What does EMO mean?
Definition, Use Cases, Examples

EMO Meaning

Emo is used to describe a teen who is a fan of emo music, typically dresses in black, and has black hair. Emo is associated with kids who suffer from depression, self-injury, and suicide.

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How is EMO used? Use Cases & Examples

Teenagers use this slang term to characterize sensitive kids who follow emo music, dress in black, and have self-destructive tendencies. The slang term is derived from fans of emotive hardcore punk rock. A variation is screamo, emo music punctuated with ear-splitting screams.

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

-Allie has unicorn hair now.
-So she’s over her emo phase? Is she wearing colorful clothes too?

-Simpin on that emo chick Jessica
-This ain’t it, chief. You don’t wanna hang with a /wrist.

-Elijah is so bouncy for an emo boy.
-Yeah he a happy emo.

-What’s your favorite screamo band?
-Falling in Reverse

How to Identify if your child is using the EMO 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 EMO 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 such as MMGuardian 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. These alerts not only allow you to help your teen avoid dangerous situations, but also provide you with opportunities to start discussions about these tough subjects. Not only can MMGuardian help protect your child, but it can also protect other children who your child is talking to or about. Parental monitoring makes communities safer.


Although it is an uncomfortable subject to discuss, teen suicide has been on the rise for several years, and it is likely to continue getting worse. With MMGuardian installed on your child’s phone, you will be notified if your child is expressing thoughts related to suicide, talking to anyone suicidal, self-harming, and other concerning scenarios that you otherwise might not know about. 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 as your child grows and becomes more responsible.

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

During their teenage years, kids often self-identify with certain groups. Most teens prefer to hang out with with people of similar interests, and they find security within their social groups. Even though teenagers often rebel against their parents’ norms and restrictions, they tend to conform to the restrictions of their peer groups. Here are some tips for encouraging tolerence in your teen:

  • Offer diverse activities. Offer your child the opportunity to participate in activities outside school groups: stocking food at the food bank, playing a sport with a community team, attending religious youth group.
  • Monitor online activity. Hate groups use gaming platforms and YouTube to lure naive young people into their world of extreme viewpoints.
  • Keep communication open. Your teen is absorbing what you say and what you do. Look for teachable opportunities in everyday life to talk about tolerance and why it’s important to you.
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