Toni Birdsong

Author, McAfee Consumer

Toni Birdsong began her career as a reporter in Los Angeles and later became a writer for Walt Disney Imagineering. Her passion for digital safety started 10 years ago as a way to gain the survival skills she needed to parent her own connected teenagers. Her goal with each post is to give busy parents the insight they need raise wiser, more compassionate digital kids. When she’s not writing (her first love), you can find Toni hiking, watching TikTok, or trying not to break an important body part at CrossFit.

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Tips & Tricks
6 Tips to Help Your Balance Your Children’s Summer Screentime
Summer months can be both busy and boring if you are a child. How can you keep...
Privacy & Identity Protection
Seniors: How to Keep Your Retirement Safe from Online Scams
Online scams that targets senior adults is skyrocketing. Here’s how senior adults (and those who love them)...
Family Safety
Social Media: How to Steer Your Family Clear of Cryptomining Malware
More sophisticated ways to steal data—and computer processing power for illegal cryptomining—surface daily. Here’s how to safeguard...
Family Safety
Cyberbullying: Words do Hurt When it Comes to Social Media
Cyberbullying continues to rise and can cause emotional and health issues for kids. Here’s how you can...
Family Safety
Helping Older Adults Build Strong Digital Literacy Skills
The speed at which technology advances can easily overwhelm older adults. Here’s how to help the older...
Family Safety
Does Your Child Have an Unhealthy Relationship with Social Media?
How much screen time is too much following the pandemic? Here are thoughtful way to help your...
Family Safety
How to Help Your Kids Combat Clickbait Scams
Clickbait designed to drive web traffic can be a harmless distraction or a major disaster if they...
Mobile Security
5 Signs Your Device May be Infected with Malware or a Virus
Malware attacks are at an all-time high. Are your family devices secure? Here are the signs your...
Family Safety
7 Common Digital Behaviors that Put Your Family’s Privacy at Risk
Could you inadvertently be putting out the welcome mat for cybercriminals each day? Here are just a...
Family Safety
Teen Slang and Texting Acronyms Parents Should Know
Does the slang your kids use online and with friends have you baffled? You aren’t alone. Here’s...
Family Safety
5 Ways to Get Kids Focused on Their Online Privacy
Kids engage online far differently than adults. Between group chats, social apps, and keeping up with digital...
Family Safety
Are You Still on the Fence About a Family VPN?
With so many devices under one roof and family members on the go, a VPN can be...
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