their peer group and we have to be cognizant of that, but it’s important to monitor the content,” Mazin says. “An adolescent with unlimited access to Netflix is concerning. My job as a pediatrician is to make parents aware but, ultimately, parents have to monitor it.”
Mazin notes that the AAP recommends limiting “entertainment” screen time, including television viewing, to one to two hours per day, an amount he feels still offers enough time in the day to pursue a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Above all, “parents need to model good behavior. That means putting away their phones at mealtimes and at least 30 minutes to an hour before bed,” he says. “These devices need a curfew, too.” According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), older children and teens currently spend more than