Author: Toni Birdsong

Toni Birdsong Family Safety Evangelist to McAfee Toni Birdsong is an author, speaker, and cyber savvy mom of two teenagers (much to their dismay). As a family safety evangelist to McAfee, she focuses on online safety and often speaks to educators, parents, and teens about dodging the dangers online. She is the co-owner of Birdsong Creative, a Nashville-based web design company, where she specializes in social media and brand strategy. Her writing background includes a journalism career in Los Angeles where she specialized in technology, business and politics. Toni also spent nearly a decade as a Sr. Communication Specialist for The Walt Disney Company writing extensively about the people and the technology behind the magic. She is an Apple products fanatic, mobile app addict, and when she’s not blogging or reading Mashable, you will find her unapologetically stalking her kids online. Twitter: @SafeEyes, @ToniBirdsong Learn more: www.mcafee.com/family and www.safeeyes.com

When I first heard the term “Internet Safety” about 12 years ago, despite its serious nature,  I thought to myself, “Ugh. Could there be a more booooring topic?” It sounded about as interesting as the manual that came with my new vacuum cleaner. It took a while, but over time parents—myself included—became more aware and […]

She used to tell you everything. Her face lit up as she bounded into the car with her oversized backpack and began rattling off the details of her school day. Fast-forward just a few years.She’s easy to spot in the distance. She glances down as she scurries across the parking lot, her smile is frayed […]

We go through several dozen emotions in the course of a day (or even an hour) as parents. But there’s one emotion I consider the “stealth bomber” of parenting that creeps in quietly and, if left unchecked, can cause some pretty serious damage. That stealth, thieving emotion is fear. We seldom hear it coming or even […]

By now hopefully you’ve had several critical conversations with your child about the good, the bad, and the risky of the online world. But have you had the ‘dangerous celebrity’ talk’? You read that right. Because cybercriminals have become more and more savvy in disguising their digital attacks, parents, too, must be equally poised to […]

Do you remember the guy or girl in high school who always took things just a little too far? If there was a snowball fight, he was the one launching rockets that sent someone to the hospital. If a harmless prank was underway, he was the one who managed to elevate it to criminal charges. […]