Toni Birdsong

Toni Birdsong is a Family Safety Evangelist for McAfee. She is an author, speaker, and cyber savvy mom of two teenagers (much to their dismay). As a family safety evangelist for McAfee, 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.

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Little Ones Online More? Here Are 10 Basics To Keep Them Safe

Online safety conversations look dramatically different depending on the age and stage of your child. For very young children, toddlers through elementary school, parents have a golden opportunity to lay the foundations that will shape a child’s digital perspectives and behaviors for a lifetime. One way to keep younger children ...

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Honey, We’re Home! Securing Your Devices and Your Family Bond  

More and more parents and their kids are experiencing what it’s like to work and learn together from home these days. With this increase in device use, it’s more important than ever to verify that all the technology humming under your roof is as secure as possible. Securing family technology ...

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WhatsApp Security Hacks: Are Your ‘Private’ Messages Really Ever Private?

WhatsApp one of the largest instant messengers and considered by many a social network of its own. So, in continuing our app safety discussion, we’re diving into some of the top security hacks and questions many WhatsApp app users and parents may have. But first, what’s a security hack? In ...

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Is WhatsApp Safe for Kids? Here’s What Parents Need to Know

We may be talking about the TikTok app in our public circles, but there’s another app — just as widely used — that kids are hoping parents’ won’t ask too many questions about. That’s because they can use the messaging app WhatsApp to talk privately with friends, exchange content and ...

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Is the TikTok App Safe for Kids?

Everyone’s talking about the TikTok app. In addition to talking, tweens and teens are swiping, laughing, and sharing TikTok videos. Meanwhile, parents are concerned with one thing: Is TikTok safe? What is TikTok? Based out of China, TikTok is a video-based social networking app that replaced the Musical.ly app, which ...

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TikTok Challenge, Hoop App, and Other Headlines You May Have Missed

Digital news that affects families seems to be dominating the headlines these days. To keep parents in the know, here are some of the stories you may want to give extra family discussion time to this week. Skull Breaker Challenge Proving Unfunny  Apps — video apps especially — can help ...

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Timeless Principles to Help Your Child Develop Social Superpowers

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” ~ Dale Carnegie Each year it’s my tradition to re-read a handful of books that continue to shape my perspective. One ...

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7 Conversations to Help Build Up Your Family’s Digital Literacy Skills

With the surge of misleading content online, helping your child learn to become an independent thinker is no small task. While schools have been charged with developing students’ digital literacy skills, parents also have a role in consistently sparking deeper thinking when navigating digital environments. The sharper a child’s digital literacy ...

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Spotting Fake News: Teaching Kids to be Responsible Online Publishers

Editor’s note: This is part II in a series on Fake News. Read part I, here. Kids today are not equipped to deal with the barrage of digital information coming at them every day. Add to that, the bulk of information that may be fake, misleading, or even malicious. So ...

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Where’s the Truth Online? How to Build Your Family’s Digital Discernment

Note: This is Part I of a series on equipping your family fight back against fake news online.  Fake news is chipping away at our trust in the government, the media, and in one another. And, because our kids spend much so much time in the online space, it’s more ...

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