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

Question: The holidays were great this year, but it didn’t take long for Grandma to start in on my teens (as well as my husband and me) over what she considered too much phone use. She says things like: Do you ever put that thing down? or Helloooo are you in there? or Do you […]

You’re a busy parent and always feel behind when it comes to what is going on in the digital realm yes? You are not alone. Family life moves at head-spinning speed and technology seems to change every few hours. Not to worry — here are a few important headlines that will help keep your safety equilibrium […]

  At least one a year we update our texting chat acronyms (slang) list. This year the app Ask.Fm made that job a little easier and published the top acronyms teens use every day on their chat site. There are some we’ve never seen that are pretty clever. Thanks, Ask.fm for publishing this fresh list […]

It’s all gray now. Life that is. What used to be black and white and nicely compartmentalized is now a thousand shades of gray. We no longer are techie types or old school; Facebook users or in-person folks, we are all, young and old, online to some degree. Digital has become the cultural expectation. And with […]

The three Bs — bragging, betrayal, and body Image — are a very big deal for both tweens and teens building communities in the digital world. If your child is between the ages of 11 and 18, your family will likely weave in and out of the Three Bs in the year ahead. A snapshot: […]