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

Did you feel the seismic shift this week as most families went from a school to a summer schedule? The excitement is palpable. A sense of levity has permeated every nook and cranny of my teenager’s world while a sense of panic is slowly rolling into mine. Summer signals sand, surf, and—let’s be honest—far more […]

People are watching you right now. Like it or not — agree with the intrusion or not — you are being Googled, judged, and analyzed by the body of content you’ve posted online. Whether you are applying to a college, for a summer job, or even currently employed, you can bet someone who matters to […]

I write about family safety for several reasons, one of which, is that I’ve experienced a few digital disasters first hand and hope by sharing, I can somehow help others. A few of my own personal tech collisions: I’ve had my identity stolen, I’ve been hacked, and one of the most painful—our family had a password stolen […]

Proposed Textalyzer Targets Distracted Drivers Using a phone while driving can be as deadly as drinking and driving and some lawmakers in New York have proposed legislation to make sure distracted drivers are held accountable. In the land of selfies, texting, and social media 24/7, the legislation authorizes law enforcement to use a device called […]

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 […]