Believe it or not, your child just had an entire conversation! Ever try looking over his shoulder while he was banging this gibberish out on a keyboard to a friend?
It is the language of the internet age, created by kids and proliferated by the instant messaging generation and it's leaving bewildered parents in the dust.
One web site is getting a lot of press for helping parents (like you?) to decode this "net slang." They've got a built in "translator" and a handy glossary you can print out and take with you so that you can decode the text message on your prodigy's cell phone.