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

Over 300 million users post an average of 70 million photos and hit the like button 2.5 billion times a day on Instagram. That’s a lot of ‘grammin’ goin’ on. It’s easy as the mom of a teenager to give this beautiful social hub a smiling, compliant nod. After all, the photo-based social network is […]

Shaming others publicly has been a social practice that far predates social media. When we are not eating, working, or sleeping, hierarchy-happy humans tend to rank, dog-pile, one-up, judge, call out, stereotype, and ridicule. We rephrase it, couch it in clever or passive aggressive phrasing, or slap a hashtag on it to fold it into […]

Three new apps mark a new generation of social networking by giving users the ability to live-stream with anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world. So exactly what is live-streaming? It’s simply using your smartphone to transmit video to countless other people in real time. Periscope, Meerkat, and YouNow are three live-streaming apps that allow live-streaming […]

Forget making the football team or honor society, for teens, social hierarchy is measured by how hefty your follower count is on Twitter. Studies show that while Facebook is still the #1 social network for teens, Twitter is one of the top three digital cruising lanes. And if you think your teen doesn’t have a […]

We now spend a staggering 86% of our mobile time on apps, according to the latest stats. Downloading apps and clicking “ok” when asked for access to our mobile lives has become second nature for most people. Immediate gratification and entertainment are trumping our better judgment in some cases and giving a leg up to […]