My sanity at work has been much improved by Slack. The Upshot team is spread across the country but we’re able to have a running conversation all day.
You recently wrote an article about raising a feminist son. You point out that while daughters nowadays are told they can be anything they want — astronauts, tomboys and girlie girls — boys are still encouraged to be tough and masculine. In light of this, how do you think you will introduce tech to your sons?
My boys are 5 and 1, so luckily video games haven’t been an issue yet. But I assume we’ll take the same approach we have with other media — screening them for appropriateness, limiting exposure to violence and stereotypes, and offering options with positive messages and role models. Also, having conversations about what they see, because even if they’re not seeing it at home, they’re picking it up everywhere else. Tech and media companies seem to get this. Common Sense Media — whose app I use all the time to find out if movies, apps or books are appropriate — just started rating movies on gender stereotypes.
So far, our oldest son is most into streaming science shows like “Octonauts” and “Planet Earth.” He also just started listening to podcasts for kids, like Wow in the World and Stories Podcast, which is a great alternative to screen time.
Beyond your job, what tech products are you currently obsessed with using in your daily life? What do you and your family do with them?
We finally cut the cord last year, and watch TV only with Apple TV and apps. But every night, I wish it were easier to use — I crave a simple guide that shows you where the show you want is available and how to stream it.
We use our iPads mostly as very expensive white noise machines, and in the kitchen for recipes. (NYT Cooking has displaced all my cookbooks lately, especially now that I can save recipes from other sites to my recipe box on the app.)