What the emojis on your child’s texts could actually mean, according to police

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Young people could use icons as code for drug use and sex, officers warn parents in new campaign to tackle youth crime.

Police have launched a campaign warning parents and teachers of a “secret world of emojis” used by teenagers to reference drugs and sex.

Surrey Police said that young people are using icons to disguise text conversations about taboo topics from their parents and carers.

They also suggested that dealers could be using the tactic to encourage teenagers to either take drugs, become a drug runner or deal drugs themselves.

Officers called on parents to become “emoji aware” and shared graphics of commonly used icons on its social media pages to encourage adults to guess their hidden meaning.

The police revealed that there were a total of 14 icons which can represent cannabis, including a four-leaf clover, leaf emojis, a lemon, a bunch of grapes, a watermelon, a strawberry, cherries, a pineapple, a dog, a sweet, a cake, an ice cream, or a cookie…

What the emojis on your child’s texts could actually mean, according to police

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