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

Search is big business for digital companies. The better a social network or search engine can narrow down and deliver information to a user, the better that business can monetize that search data for advertisers seeking to market to niche customers. Yes, it’s fun to connect and engage with friends online and share fun photos […]

It was an epic parenting moment for two reasons: A) because I unearthed a brilliant parenting truth on my own B) because it pretty much confirmed—that yes—I can be quite the idiot. My son was 7. After a day of party games, cake, and celebrating with his pals, we were saying our good-byes. As I chatted […]

The holidays are busy, so we’ve done some headline curating that will help you enjoy the merriment and stay safe online. Here are just a few stories we consider to be hot reads that you may have missed. Read them, discuss them with your family, and agree to work together to become—and stay—savvy online. Here’s the […]

It’s pretty easy to blame our tech-driven culture for the many crooked or fractured places in families today. Not a day goes by that we don’t link—either publically or privately—everything back to the morality, privacy, and safety being siphoned by our tech. (No one gets that better than we do—we’re in the security business!) We […]

For a parent, there’s nothing more heartwarming than seeing your teen slowly emerge from the “me slumber” and begin to genuinely care about giving. And what better time to encourage a giving spirit than the holidays? But there’s a cyber-world lesson that’s critical to teach in tandem with giving, and that is how to click wisely online—especially […]