Another example many teens often use is the abbreviations "POS " - parent(s) over shoulder, or "PAL" - Parents Are Listening, to indicate to the chat recipient that they are unable to talk because a parent is present.

You'll enter a private chat with a trained RAINN support specialist and chat live by typing messages back and forth.

The service is completely anonymous and confidential—we will never ask you for any information that would identify who you are.

There are four key steps we've taken to ensure the highest level of security: As the way we use technology continues to expand, RAINN’s support services are expanding, as well.

In 2006, the Online Hotline was created as an extension of the National Sexual Assault Hotline, becoming the first online crisis intervention service in the United States.

These typing short cuts are also used in Email messages, IM messenger programs such as MSN and Yahoo, and commonly used today in SMS messages as text shortcuts when texting on mobile or cell phones.

Saudi Arabia, which had already blocked features of most chat apps, has moved to block Facebook Messenger.

The app’s video and voice chat functions, along with similar service imo, now can’t be used in the country because of “regulations”.

It isn’t clear exactly why the features have been blocked in the country.

Internet calling over Whats App and Viber were already blocked.