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

Every inch of every page was filled front and back and the little gold lock kept the contents of my diary safe from prying eyes. I recorded every dream, fear, parental injustice, and teenage catastrophe in the pages of my very private, and always hidden, little blue book. But a lot has changed since then […]

Hashtags have become a normal part of everyday vernacular thanks to social media. By simply putting a pound (#) sign in front of a word like #OverIt or acronym, such as #tbt (throw back Thursday) social network users especially on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and now Facebook, can easily join a specific conversation on that […]

Congratulations, parent. You are doing great. You’ve managed to bob and weave with every new app, gadget, and social network that sprouted up this year. You monitored phones, scrutinized online friends and followers, and helped your child navigate a few online storms. You are a pioneer; a trailblazer. Parenting kids even three years ago did […]

Today’s blog post is going to take a little detour off the main road. We’re going to pause from gulping down information and slaying cyber dragons and simply refuel our parenting tanks. So often the best wisdom comes from lands far beyond our well-traveled parenting peripheral. The best ideas and most brilliant connections often sneak up on […]

Disclaimer: If you are in blissful denial that your tech use is out of control at any level, then this article will make you uncomfortable. It may even make you mad. You may want to skip this post and go play Candy Crush instead. Professionals say the first step to dealing with, and overcoming any […]