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Behind the seemingly cute symbols, something sinister lurks. Earlier this week, Q13 FOX Seattle reported on the secret emoji codes teen use to evade the watchful eyes of their parents.

โ€œA skull, arrow and a flame,โ€ news anchor John Hopperstad warned. โ€œThat can be saying to someone, I hope you die in a fire. Now as parents, we can look at these and have no idea what they mean.โ€

๐Ÿ’€โžก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ. Who knew?

But it doesnโ€™t stop there. As โ€œcyber expertโ€ Bryan Seely explained to the anchors, holding a smartphone aloft, โ€œYou gotta know whatโ€™s going on in [your childโ€™s] world because this phone. This is their world. For almost all of them.โ€

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So what dangers hide within the secret world of teens? Hopperstad told viewers that teens โ€œare always ten steps ahead of us.โ€ Luckily, he obtained access to these secret teen codes, and heโ€™s not afraid to tell the world. Brace yourselves:

โ€œA flower? This can also mean drugs.โ€

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A frog? In the secret code of teens, โ€œit can mean I think youโ€™re ugly... Cyberbullying can be part of this.โ€

Eyes? โ€œThat can mean โ€˜Iโ€™m watching you.โ€™ But, weโ€™re always worried about sexting. This can also mean, โ€˜Send me naked pictures of you.โ€™โ€

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So where do we go from here?

If youโ€™re a parent, monitor your childโ€™s phone. Keep your children safe.

If youโ€™re a teen, well: ๐Ÿ’€โžก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿ’€โžก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿธ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’€โžก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’€โžก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’€โžก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’€โžก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’€โžก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’€โžก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’€โžก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’€โžก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’€โžก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’€โžก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’€โžก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’€โžก๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿธ

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[Q13 FOX]