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Understanding the Basic Meaning of Slang: A Guide for Parents

Basic meaning
Basic, often used as an adjective, is a term that connotes a lack of originality in a person’s tastes, interests, or behavior. It characterizes someone who thoroughly enjoys mainstream and predictable elements, whether in fashion, food, media or any aspect of culture. This term often underlines an individual’s tendency to conform or follow popular trends, lacking a distinct or unique choice or preference.


How to Speak with Children about Basic

  1. Encourage open conversation about slang, promoting trust and understanding.
  2. Ask teens about slang terms they use daily, like ‘basic’. This will help facilitate dialogue and minimize misunderstandings.
  3. Use ‘basic’ as an example, a term describing someone adhering to mainstream norms. This could be a stepping stone to learning how different words develop distinct connotations in slang.
  4. Discourage the use of slang when texting or communicating with adults or in professional contexts.
  5. Cater conversation according to their comfort and understanding, utilizing ‘basic’ as a bridge to explore more complex slang terms.
  6. Address potential language abuses or harmful implications slang may hold, fostering a respectful language demeanor in your teen.


In conclusion, understanding slang like “basic” can help parents to connect better with their children and keep up-to-date with their conversations. “Basic” describes someone generic, mainstream, or predictable, highlighting a lack of bold choices. Parents, let’s take the time to understand our teenagers’ lingo!

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What to do if you recognize your child's dangerous slang​

Keyword alert is a feature in parental control apps designed to notify parents or guardians when specific words or phrases are detected in their child's online activity. When triggered, the parental control app sends an alert to the parent's device, allowing them to promptly address any potential issues and ensure their child's online safety and well-being. We recommend adding slang related to drugs and sext to your keywords alert.

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