What does IDK mean?
Definition, Use Cases, Examples

IDK Meaning

IDK stands for I don’t know. IDK is an internet slang initialism used to convey that the speaker does not have the information being requested.

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How is IDK used? Use Cases & Examples

The slang expression IDK is used pervasively in digital communication as an abbreviation for I don’t know. Occasionally kids will say, I Donkey Kong as a comical substitute, but they still mean I don’t know.

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

-Mr. Burnett was out sick today. Is band practice canceled for this afternoon?
-IDK I haven’t received a notification.

-Between Alex and Braden, idk who is louder.

-Is Gino’s Pizza open on Mondays?
-IDK

-IDK what to do about my hair.

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

Even if they express scorn for what you say, in their hearts teenagers are pleased to have your attention and know that you care. Talking with your teen doesn’t have to be a downer. Here are some conversation starters to get your teen to open up:

  • Help me understand the nuances of the expression idk. I know it means I don’t know, but does it also ever imply I don’t care?
  • What’s the longest sequence of abbreviations you can use to write a message?
  • Do you have a special abbreviation or emoji that you use all the time?
  • Do you think most of your teachers understand your slang expressions?
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