What does FWIW mean?
Definition, Use Cases, Examples

FWIW Meaning

FWIW stands for For What It’s Worth.

FWIW is an internet slang initialism that conveys that the information in a message may or may not be useful.

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How is FWIW used? Use Cases & Examples

Usually found at the beginning of a sentence, the slang expression FWIW is a polite introduction to information that is being presented. Generally its use is straight forward; however, it can be used sarcastically, so knowing the context of the message is important. This expression is similar to the slang expression IMHO, in my humble opinion.

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

-That movie was crap!
-Yeah but fwiw the soundtrack was great.

-We’re going to NYC this summer! I can’t wait to stroll down Broadway!
-FWIW the butterbeer at the Harry Potter store is the best thing in New York.

-We’re going on college tours this weekend – what a drag.
-FWIW the student guides are really helpful.

-Sorry I missed the dinner at Celia’s.
-FWIW you didn’t miss much. Her cooking sucks.

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

One of the signals of social development and maturity in your teenagers is the ability to speak politely and express their opinions in a civil but assertive manner. Understanding the distinctions implied by phrases such as FWIW illustrate that your kid is becoming an articulate and thoughtful communicator. Clarity of expression is a critical component of good leadership and one of the indicators of future success.

Here are some starters for initiating a discussion about the importance of communication with your teenager:

  • It’s normal human instinct to become defensive when confronted. In addition to FWIW, what are some other terms you can use to soften an encounter when you’re disagreeing with someone and you don’t want to make them feel defensive?
  • How do you differ your approach for real-life vs. video vs. written communications?
  • When you’re speaking, you can use tone of voice to convey calmness and kindness. How do you convey these qualities in written expression?
  • Have you ever been in a situation when you believe you salvaged a predicament through thoughtful communication?
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