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.

Articles by Author

Family Safety
7 Tips: How to Raise a Leader in a ‘Follower’ World
Leadership training isn’t exclusive to adults. And in today’s online culture of “following” and digital profiles, it’s...
Family Safety
Have You Taught Your Kids About the Dangers of ‘Catfishing’?
You may have overheard your kids talking about “catfishing” or someone getting “catfished.” No, they aren’t talking...
Family Safety
Twitter Drama and What Parents Need to Know
With more teens flocking to social networks outside of Facebook, it’s more important than ever for parents...
Family Safety
What Parents Need to Know About KIK Messenger App
We write a lot about new apps on this blog because apps are hot in the very...
Family Safety
Taking Your Teen’s Phone: Know the Pros and Cons
Many parents shudder at the thought. Some even experience a shortness or breath and heart palpitations when...
Family Safety
Three Words Every Parent Needs to Know
  Have you noticed that commonplace words don’t quite mean what they used to? It’s a subtle...
Mobile Security
Do You Know the Legal Consequences of Sexting?
We recently visited a public school and spoke to a group of Junior High students ages 13-14...
Family Safety
Is the Twitter Video App ‘Vine’ Safe for Kids?
Twitter’s new video-sharing app Vine is the hottest mobile toy since Instagram—and to be honest—it’s even more...
Family Safety
Are Your Kids Using Vault Apps to Hide Photos, Chats, or Videos?
A number of apps for both the Android and iPhone exist that are great for storing your...
Family Safety
Three Signs Your Teen May Be Sexting and What to Do About It
I will be the first to confess that sometimes when I look at my kids, my eyes...
Family Safety
Parents in the Know: Staying on Top of the Slang, Pt. II
The task of parenting a digital native isn’t for the faint of heart. Not only are kids...
Family Safety
A Snapshot: How to Keep Your Kids Safe on Instagram
“Mom, how do you block people on Instagram? I can’t figure it out,” yelled 13-year old Chloe...
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