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: and

  Tumblr is social network that has carved a digital niche all its own. Far from the conventional vibe of Facebook and considerably edgier than Twitter and Instagram, you might think of Tumblr as the fringe crowd’s hangout of choice—and one that comes with risks if you have teens. Like other networks, content sharing and […]

“Seriously?” my teen daughter shrieked. “What a jerk!” With a few angry finger jabs to her home screen she shut off her phone, shoved it into her backpack, and looked out the car window. “What is it?” I asked. “Nothing. It’s gross.” “What’s gross?” “Nothing.” I know my daughter well enough to know that she […]

Do you get a little confused looking through your teen’s Instagram or Twitter feed lately and seeing a crazy amount of new code-like phrases? You aren’t alone. If you add together the popular hashtags kids use and the coded phrases, you’ll find yourself learning an entirely new language that also happens to be growing exponentially […]

If you think about it long enough, your eyes will cross, and your head will feel like it’s going to explode. How do protect your kids from all the what ifs and who mights online (and off)? You can’t. But what you can do is be intentional about raising kids who are leaders in an […]

A shiny new school year is in front of us, and anything is possible. Kids, just like adults have goals heading into the new school year. They want a fresh start at fixing what didn’t work last year and step up what did. They are excited, nervous, and maybe even terrified about the year ahead. So […]