Parents: Brace Yourselves

Those colorful plastic bracelets popularized by Madonna and Avril Lavigne have taken on a risque new twist. The bangles convey a not-so-secret sexual code depending on their color, indicating different levels of intimacy starting from hugs. In a game some kids call Snap, they yank the rubbery bracelets from the wrists of fellow students to indicate which kind of sex they would like to have. Grabbing a red bracelet is asking for a lap dance, for example, and a blue one can mean oral sex. The code has even spread internationally.

In the U.S. the items are frequently referred to as...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!