12 Hand Signals Teens Make & What They Mean

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Remember during President Barack Obama's inauguration when his daughters Sasha and Malia Obama hammed it up as the elder girl took shots of their goofy faces and hand signals with her cell phone. That's probably when the nation first realized the first daughters officially entered a stage that confuses parents everywhere. Just what are tweens and teens trying to SAY with those hand signals on Facebook and Instagram anyway? 

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Should parents be worried or are all these crazy hand gestures just innocent teen-aged fun? Maybe a little bit a both? CafeMom asked a flesh-and-blood teenager to help us decode the popular hand signals that crop up among teens and most often on social media, and while some of her answers may sound like common sense, some of the others are pretty shocking.

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Just wait for the not-so-innocent peace sign, and find out why the heck no one is supposed to look when kids touch the tip of their thumb to the tips of their other four fingers!

Of course, every parent will be relieved to know some things haven't changed that much since we were kids, but beware, a few of these are not exactly safe for work or little kids!

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