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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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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Dangerous Digital Rituals: Could Your Child be Sleep Deprived?

You’re not wrong if you suspect your kids are spending far more time online than they admit. Where you may be in the dark, however, is that a lot of kids (maybe even yours) are scrolling at night instead of sleeping, a digital ritual that puts their physical and mental ...

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Less is More: 5 Ways to Jumpstart a ‘Digital Minimalist’ Mindset  

Editor’s Note: This is part II of a series on Digital Minimalism in 2020. Is this the year you rethink and rebuild your relationship with technology? If so, embracing digital minimalism may be the most powerful way to achieve that goal. We learned last week in our first post on ...

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Is It Time to Overhaul Your Relationship with Technology?

Editor’s Note: This is part I of a series on Digital Minimalism in 2020. When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in 2007, he called it the “best iPod ever,” and said it would be a “very cool way” to make calls and listen to music. Little did he know that ...

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Lessons Learned: A Decade of Digital Parenting

Give yourself a high-five, parents. Pour yourself a cup of coffee or your favorite celebratory drink and sip it slow — real slow. Savor the wins. Let go of the misses. Appreciate the lessons learned. You’ve come a long way in the last decade of raising digital kids, and not ...

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10 Thoughtful (Free) Holiday Gifts to Give Your Friends Year ‘Round

Just a quick poll. What feelings do these digital scenarios evoke: being ghosted, getting trapped in a group text, being left on ‘read,’ or someone blowing up your phone with a million messages? Did you cringe a little or drop your phone like a hot potato? You wouldn’t be alone. ...

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Parents: You May Want to Pay Closer Attention to the TikTok App

You aren’t imagining things. Everyone is talking about the popular video-sharing app TikTok. That’s because it has simultaneously become both a source of entertainment for kids as well as a source of concern for some adults. The social network, owned by Chinese parent company ByteDance, recently reached 750 million downloads, ...

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