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

It’s still happening. Even with all the news reports it’s still happening. Kids — good kids, amazing kids just looking for acceptance — are being enticed by predators online. Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak couldn’t have said it better with the first line of a recent column that read, “There are few holes deeper than […]

You may have noticed your teen using a whole new pack of words when texting and talking these days. It’s no surprise since a text conversation is fast replacing face-to-face conversations even among adults. It looks strange but you can learn to decode your teen’s texting slang. Here’s the good, bad, and the texting red […]

It’s just too easy. To purchase anything, from anyone, at any time online, that is. And, when things are easy, a false sense of comfort sets in and that can spell disaster for anyone not paying close attention to their money. No one is more prone to financial calamity than kids growing up today in […]

  Instagramming, tweeting, posting, and snap chatting. It’s the social culture of the young adults around us but at what cost to their mental health? According to a recent study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, social media use among young adults and depression are linked so closely that by 2030, researchers predict anxiety and […]

It’s the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you — and it’s also a handy tool when deciding what to post publicly and what is private. Still, in our exuberance to celebrate every cute, amazing, or hilarious thing about our kids, some parents can quickly forget the simplicity and […]