The simple message lets parents know their children need help without them needing to feel embarassed
TEENAGERS can often get themselves into sticky situations leaving them feeling uncomfortable or even in danger.
As they grow up and want to experiment and mix with new people, it is easy for them to feel out of their depths.
And the last thing they want to do is be seen calling their mum and dad in front of their friends asking them to come and pick them up.
However, one dad has devised a secret text that kids can send to their parents to let them know they are in trouble, without feeling embarrassed.
Blogger Bert Fulks has devised a plan so that whenever his children are out and feel in danger they can simply send him a text message with the letter ‘X’.
He says that the ‘escape route’ allows him to know his children need to be helped but without going into detail or the youngsters feeling embarrassed in front of their friends.
If the dad of three receives the text, he will then call his son or daughter and tell them that there’s an emergency and he needs to collect them straight away.
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And because there is a lack of detail, he can go and pick up his child without them feeling embarrassed.
He wrote on his blog: “Though in my mid-forties, I’m still in touch with that awkward boy who often felt trapped in the unpredictable currents of teenage experiences.
“I can’t count the times sex, drugs, and alcohol came rushing into my young world; I wasn’t ready for any of it, but I didn’t know how to escape and, at the same time, not castrate myself socially.
“I know plenty of adults who struggle to stand up to others. This simply gives your kid a safe way out as you continue to nurture that valuable skill.”
However, it is not the first time that parents have tried to keep their kids safe, especially online.
Earlier this year, we told you about the secret sexting codes that youngsters are using.