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

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 […]

  Perspective is a word we have been giving a hearty workout in our house these days. I mentally reference it several times a week when my daughter replays a troubling conversation with a friend that nine times out of ten took place over text. (C’mon, who uses a phone actually to speak to someone?) […]

Trying to keep up with your kids online feels a bit like patching holes in a sinking boat at times doesn’t it? A recent Intel Security study reveals a gap in what parents perceive kids to be doing online, and what’s actually taking place in behaviors such as cyberbullying, creating aliases, and the amount of time spent […]

A new Intel Security study* released last week reveals that teens will go to great lengths to hide what they post from parents, teachers, and even peers. In a recent Intel Study study, “The Realities of Cyber Parenting: What Pre-teens and Teens Are Up To Online,” 42% of teens surveyed said they created anonymous names […]

We can all agree, no one is rooting for the cyberbully. In fact, you’ve spent a hefty chunk of time worrying about—and coaching your kids—on how to deal with peers who might bully them. But—gulp—what if your child is the cyberbully? Be honest—do you really know what your kids are up to online? A new Intel Security study* […]