12 Hand Signals Your Teen Might Be Making & What They Mean

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If there was any one specific moment during President Barack Obama's inauguration when the nation realized his daughters aren't little girls anymore, this was it. Sasha and Malia Obama hammed it up as the elder girl took shots of their goofy faces and hand signals with her cell phone. Yes, they're still kids, but the first daughters have entered a world that confuses parents everywhere. Just what are teenagers trying to SAY with those hand signals on Facebook and Instagram? 


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Should we be worried or is it all innocent fun? Maybe a little bit a both? CafeMom asked a flesh-and-blood teenager to help us decode the teenage hand signals that crop up most often on social media, and while some of her answers sound like common sense, some others are pretty shocking.

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Just wait until you see the not-so-innocent peace sign, and find out why the heck you're not supposed to look when kids touch the tip of their thumb to the tips of their other four fingers!

You'll be relieved to know some things haven't changed that much since you were a kid, but beware, a few of these are not exactly safe for work or little kids!

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