HARM­FUL HABITS

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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

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