Here are some ways to get children to understand the importance of sun safety and how to protect themselves from harmful UV rays:
- Teach children about Sun Safety and the dangers of UV rays and how to protect themselves.
- Use a Sunscreen that is higher than SPF-30 and that says “broad-spectrum” on the label. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes prior before you go outside and reapply every 2 hours after that. Don’t forget to apply it to their nose, ears, cheeks and tops of their feet! These parts of your body burn easily. If your child is playing in or near water use waterproof sunscreen and apply often.
- Plan to be outside in the early morning or late afternoon. It is best to keep your child out of the sun between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest. If your child must be outdoors, make sure they are protected with long-sleeves, hats, and sunscreen. Using wide-brimmed hats offer more protection than baseball caps.
- Teach children how to search for their shadow as an indication of the sun’s strength. If your shadow is shorter than you are, it’s time to find some shade!
- Plan an activity around identifying shady places. Talk to the children about the ways we can have fun in the shade like placing the sand box under the tree. Encourage them to think of ideas too!
We learn by watching our parents.
One of the best ways to teach is by example!
Activities on Sun Safety