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Help your children stay sun sensible 

All skin types and colours are susceptible to sunburn and should be protected, but children’s skin is particularly delicate and easily damaged. This puts them at greater risk of skin damage1, with sunburn in childhood being a known factor in increasing the risk of skin cancers later in life2. Such damage is very preventable, however, and there are many ways you can keep your children protected at home and at school. We’ve put together some information on how you can help keep your children safe in the sun.

How you can help at home

Always make sure children wear a high factor sunscreen, even on cloudy days. Although it may seem like the risk of skin damage is limited on cloudy days, it does not stop the sun’s harmful UV rays, which can cause damage without you even realising. You can also help by keeping them covered up with hats and long-sleeved T-shirts on hot days, encouraging plenty of drinks of water and providing shaded environments in which to play. If children are playing in the sun, it is important that sunscreen is reapplied every two hours, and after swimming or towelling dry. Always use sunscreen as directed on the bottle to ensure your children are protected by the full SPF.

Protecting children in school

The NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) ‘Sun Safety Guidelines for Schools’3 go as far as recommending that Head Teachers take action to protect children from over-exposure to UV rays, saying schools should “develop, implement and monitor a specially tailored policy to ensure people are protected as much as possible”. Such measures can also help improve your school’s OFSTED rating by promoting the safety of pupils in school, as outlined in their ‘Framework for School Inspection’4. Why not ask your school what they’re doing about sun safety?

 

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Here’s a whole host of resources to help protect children and let them enjoy playing in the sun safely. It’s been put together with the help of teachers, the School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA), parents, the British Dermatological Nursing Group (BDNG) and the Melanoma Trust.

Media Resource Item Daisy Chain lyric sheet Media Resource Item School plan Media Resource Item Sun quiz Media Resource Item SunSense Dying For A Tan Flyer Media Resource Item Sunny Seal of Approval logo Media Resource Item Sun Safety poster Media Resource Item Sun fact sheet Daisy Chain rap View infomercial Media Resource Item Colour Me Sunny Sunny animated video View infomercial Media Resource Item Infographic Media Resource Item Sun Safety policy for schools Media Resource Item Sun wordsearch Media Resource Item Lesson plans Media Resource Item Parent letter