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

She was texting and driving when she hit my kid. No, it wasn’t a careless teenager or a group of kids horsing around. It was a suburban mom in her mid-40s, driving an SUV and looking at her phone. My son was stopped at an intersection waiting for the light to change. She never slowed […]

With school back in full swing our house has transitioned almost instantly from long, fun summer days to tighter schedules, shiny new goals, and more abbreviated, almost code-like conversation. When life shifts into a busy season it’s easy to become more about the task and less about the consistent, verbal connection with your kids. Don’t let […]

There’s a lot to be said for parents who draw immovable digital lines for their kids. Recently some moms made headlines doing just that then engineering the consequences when their kids stepped outside those lines. Here are just a few recent family tech and safety news headlines you need to know about. Bravo: ‘Ignore No More’ App […]

  It was 90° in Nashville and we were late. Sweat jumped off of us as we ran through the parking lot toward the arena gate. A roar rippled across the sky when 50,000+ screaming teenage girls jumped to their feet as the warm up band took the stage. “It’s the first song mom, c’mon! Run faster! We can’t […]

“Yeah.” “No.” “Nothing.” “Good.” “Okay.” “Whatever.” Do you recognize that notorious bit of prose? It’s the six-word vocabulary list teens have conspired to use exclusively when talking to their parents. Add a mobile phone to that equation and that six-word list is reduced to a muffled “uh huh” . . . and that’s on a […]