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

The way parents use Twitter and the way teens use Twitter couldn’t be more different. While many parents turn to the popular social channel for business networking, teens use Twitter to simply hang out—to see and be seen. They chat, joke, banter, and of course, they love to subtweet. Subtweeting is indirectly tweeting something about […]

“Hey! Who shut off the data?” Is this a familiar question in your house? Teens who panic when their data runs out or when they can’t find a Wi-Fi connection now have a way to text nearby pals by using an app called Jott. Jott is gaining momentum with Junior High and High School-aged kids […]

It’s likely to be the first question you get after telling your kids to turn off their phones (for the zillionth time) this summer. If you haven’t gotten it yet, just wait. Wait. A little longer . . . okay . . . and there it is! “What am I supposed to do?!” That’s your […]

It’s happening already. “I’m bored,” she says while standing in front of my desk as I work feverishly to meet a deadline. “I know,” I say without looking up. “Another hour and we can go to the mall or swimming.” One teen. One hour. One phone. One busy mom. ~~~~~~~ It’s a common summer scenario […]

Q: I do a pretty good job keeping up with my son online and I try to follow all the tips on your blog. However, every time I ask my 15 year-old son for his phone to check his apps or contacts, a full-blown argument breaks out. I’m to the point where it’s just not […]