Author: Toni Birdsong

Toni Birdsong Toni Birdsong is a Family Safety Evangelist for Intel Security. She is an author, speaker, and cyber savvy mom of two teenagers (much to their dismay). As a family safety evangelist for Intel Security, 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: @IntelSec_Family and @ToniBirdsong. Learn more: www.mcafee.com/family and www.safeeyes.com

I am convinced that the mobile device is now an official appendage to the teenage body; an extension of the mind, heart, and hand (okay—let’s say it—even the face). It’s function is to connect, affirm, entertain and educate. Without it, our kids feel lost. Think I’m exaggerating? Just hide your kids’ phone and watch him […]

It’s called Flinch and the idea behind this new app echoes an innocent childhood game: Stare at the other person across from you, keep a straight face, and the first person to smile or laugh, loses the match. Sounds like oodles of fun, right? Not if the other player live- streaming to your phone is […]

Being a parent in a socially networked world is likely one of the toughest challenges you will face. In the thick of this challenge, I’ve shifted my parenting approach significantly over the past several years. I’ve evolved, as many of you have witnessed on this blog, from being a panicked protector to a full-time preparer. A key shift for me personally has been […]

  Last week we talked about the dangers that can arise with apps that allow anonymous users to interact. Equally concerning is the growing popularity of location tracking apps among teens. Designed to help moms keep track of kids, these apps serve a great purpose. However, they can be misused by teens looking for nearby friends if privacy settings […]

Every few months a new mobile app surfaces on the social landscape that quickly catches on. And, yes, parent—you need to be aware of what the app looks like, how it works, and how your teen may be using or even misusing it.  The latest red flag app that has already been linked to cyberbullying incidents is called Burnbook. […]