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

There’s a Pinterest-perfect, framed chalkboard that hangs in my kitchen titled “Eats” followed methodically by the days of the week. For three weeks, I carefully planned and prepared each day’s meals meeting my daily promises of chili, turkey and pesto paninis, homemade pizza, tacos, and so on. It was impressive. Until it wasn’t. Soon, my […]

“I’m quitting Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr. Deleted over 2000 photos here today that served no real purpose other than self-promotion. Without realising, I’ve spent majority of my teenage life being addicted to social media, social approval, social status and my physical appearance. Social media, especially how I used it, isn’t real. It’s contrived images and […]

  Some days I don’t  feel like a full-grown parent but rather, a portion of a parent living in a petri dish breeding emotions that science has yet to define. For instance, one day I’m confident and on track. And the next? I’m feeling a strange emotional mix of contradiction, guilt, and apology. Perhaps I […]

Last month’s phone bill confirms it: Houston, we’ve got a problem. Your teen sent 4,600 texts and your tween sent 2,210. Congratulations: In one month, your kids have managed to exceed the total number of war codes sent during the entire six-year span of WWII. And there are other problems lately like falling asleep in […]

Has your teen been a little moody lately, short-tempered, or even oddly quiet? Outside of the normal teen angst, there could be some digital friction going on beneath that tentative smile. An off-color joke, a false accusation, a mean comment, an unreturned text; all of these peer slights can cause an emotional avalanche in any teen. Clear communication is fast […]