An acronym for Parent(s) Watching Over My Shoulder, PWOMS is commonly used in text messaging, SMS, instant messaging, chat rooms and other real time text-based communications, and is a warning sign that the sender's parents are nearby and others should watch what they type or say.
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Similar acronyms that are sometimes used in place of PWOMS include POS or POTS (Parent Over the Shoulder), PLOS (Parents Looking Over Shoulder), PAW or P@W (Parents Are Watching), PAL (Parents Are Listening), PBM (Parent Behind Me) and PBB (Parent Behind Back). Occasionally, numbers or codes like 9, 99, Code 9 or P911 (Parent Alert) are used to communicate similar messages.
PWOMS and POS are also sometimes followed by the words "on" or "off" to indicate when a parent has entered the room or left the room and can no longer watch over the person's shoulder. Another related acronym is POF, which stands for Parents on Facebook.
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