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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8 Ways to Help Senior Adults Stay Safe Online These Days

8 Ways to Help Senior Adults Stay Safe Online These Days Technology has come in handy for most of us during these days of pandemic distancing. But for the -at-risk, homebound senior population, technology has been a lifeline connecting them to family members, online services, and healthcare. Still, this unprecedented ...

Family Safety

Can You Decode Your Teen’s Texting Language?

It’s hard to believe, right, parents? In just a blink or two, you went from being the teenager dropping cool phrases like “rad” and “gnarly” to monitoring a teenager texting words like “lowkey,” “IRL” and “CD9” into her smartphone non-stop.* For generations, teens have been crafting terms to differentiate themselves from other age groups. ...

Consumer Family Safety

Back-to-School: Could Your Remote Learner Be Cyber Cheating?

Back-to-School: Could Your Remote Learner Be Cyber Cheating? As families across the country ramp up for the new school year, most are considering one of three basic learning options. Kids can attend traditional, in-class learning, they can attend their classes online from home, or they can choose a hybrid of ...

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Kinder online mehr? 10 Grundlagen, um sie zu schützen

Die Kleinen sind jetzt häufiger online? Mit diesen 10 Grundsätzen bleiben sie sicher Gespräche über Online-Sicherheit unterscheiden sich je nach Alter und Entwicklungsgrad Ihres Kindes dramatisch. Bei sehr kleinen Kindern im Kindergarten- und Grundschulalter haben Eltern die einmalige Gelegenheit, die Grundlagen zu schaffen, die die Sicht- und Verhaltensweisen eines Kindes ...

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Ist WhatsApp sicher für Kinder? Das müssen Eltern wissen

Ist WhatsApp sicher für Kinder? Das müssen Eltern wissen In der Öffentlichkeit wird viel über die TikTok-App gesprochen, aber es gibt noch eine andere – ebenso weit verbreitete – App, von der sich Teenager erhoffen, dass die Eltern nicht zu viele Fragen darüber stellen. Denn auf diese Weise können sie ...

Family Safety

How to Keep Remote Learning Pod Students Safe Online 

The upheaval of 2020 has forced us all to reimagine familiar pathways, and parents are no exception. Cautious about sending their kids back into the classroom, families across the country are banding together to form remote “learning pods.” Learning pods are small groups of families with like-aged children that agree ...

Family Safety

 Ways to Strengthen Your Family’s Digital and Mental Wellbeing

There’s a lot that feels out of control right now. City and school re-openings are in limbo, and life for many still feels upended. But one thing we can control is our efforts to safeguard our family’s digital and mental health. Both adults and kids use television, tablets, and smartphones ...

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Messenger Rooms: New Video Chat Option is Fun But Has Risks

One of the many things we’ve learned during this season of being homebound is that video chats with friends can save the day. One of the newest channels for video chatting is Messenger Rooms. While the new Facebook feature isn’t groundbreaking in terms of how it works, it’s the ability ...

Family Safety

25 Amazing Quotes To Inspire You This Fathers Day

Today’s blog post is going to take a little detour off the main road. We’re going to pause from gulping down information and slaying cyber dragons and simply refuel our parenting tanks. So often the best wisdom comes from lands far beyond our well-traveled parenting peripheral. The best ideas and most brilliant ...

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Reports of Online Predators on the Rise. How to Keep Your Kids Safe. 

June is Internet Safety Month. And, with kids spending more time online, stepping up the public conversation about digital risks couldn’t come at a better time. The past few months have created what some experts call the perfect storm for online predators. Schools are closed, kids are on devices more, ...

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