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 more connected we become through technology, the harder it may be to reach out to another person and ask for real emotional help. Such isolation is the daily oxymoron of a hyper-connected world. So when you see a person on one of your social networks who appears to be in the midst of a […]

Social media has rocked the traditional friendship paradigm to its core. We’ve succeeded in connecting with more people than ever but how many friends do we really have? How many people would we rush to be with in a crisis or sacrifice consistent time, effort, and tears for? A friend, as defined Google dictionary, is a person […]

Instagram is awesome — so awesome, in fact, it ranks in the top two social networks among teens. (Snapchat is #1, Twitter #3, and Facebook #4). But like every social network, it changes from time to time. Some recent changes to Instagram that may boost its safety, include nixing the geo Photo Map feature and […]

It’s a fact. This blog may not get a lick of traction. It goes against every SEO rule. There will be zero conversion. It likely won’t be read or acted upon by its target market — clueless parents — because truthful headlines scare off excuse-filled readers. However, if you’ve made it beyond the headline because you […]

Congratulations, parent. Your kids survived the first few weeks of the new school year. Or did they? You may want to take a closer look. Some grumbling and transition fatigue is acceptable the first week or two of school. But those yawns and heavy eyes going into the third or fourth week? Well, those may […]