Summer Sun Safety Tips for Kids (Plus Activities & Worksheets that Help You Teach Sun Safety)

By Eren Mckay  
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Sun Safety: Do you know these simple steps to protect your family from the dangers of the sun?
Going out in the sun is fun but we have to be careful about the risks involved. Melanoma, a serious skin cancer, can be triggered by spending too much time in the sun without the proper protection.

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Sadly more than one million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year.
You can help protect your family from the dangers of skin cancer by taking a few preventative steps. By ensuring that each person in your family puts on sunscreen before heading out the door you are taking the first step to reduce the chance of getting this disease.


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Sun Safety Guidelines to Follow


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Here are some precautions to take for your family when going outside:

  • The worst hours for going out in the sun are from 10 AM to 4 PM. It’s best to avoid going out in the sun during this time frame because the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) strength is at its peak. If for some reason you have to be out in the sun at these hours use the maximum amount of protection that you can.

    A sunblock with an SPF rating of 50 is the ideal during these hours. Sunblocks are even stronger than sunscreen. Non-protected exposure during these hours would increase your family’s risk of cancer tremendously.

  • When do we put on the sunscreen? Rub it on half an hour before exposure to the sun. Some people only apply it after going outside. This is a mistake since it takes time for your skin to absorb the sunscreen.

  • A common mistake that we make is forgetting certain spots when putting on the sunscreen. So every part of the skin that is exposed should have sunscreen. Ears, feet, behind the legs are places that we tend to forget.

  • Keep reapplying it every 2 hours. Especially if you go into the water. Even if your sunscreen is water resistant you still need to reapply every 2 hours.

  • Clothing helps to block sun rays so if possible, wear a light-weight, long-sleeved shirt, sunglasses, and a wide-brim hat to help protect your skin.

  • Remain in the shade as much as possible. When your kids are playing in the sand, have them remain under a large umbrella for more protection.

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    It’s best for babies to stay out of the sun entirely at peak hours (10 am to 4pm). A baby’s skin is much more delicate and the chances of them getting sunburned are much higher. If the child is under 6 months it should not go out in the sun at peak hours. If you must take a baby out in the sun then follow these tips:

    • Choose a sunscreen that has very high SPF rating and that is specific for babies.

    • Pediatricians recommend that babies less than six months old should always be kept in light-weight long-sleeved shirts and pants and in the shade as much as possible.

    • Use hats and baby sunglasses to protect their eyesight. There are sunglasses that have a band to prevent the sunglasses from falling off.

    • Remain with your baby in the shade as much as possible. Take a shade umbrella with you if the place you are going doesn’t already have one.

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    1- Test the sunscreen for allergies on a small amount of skin before using it all at once. My kids and I have had allergic reactions to sunscreen. Burning and itching ruined our day. There are always more severe allergic reactions so please test on a small portion of your skin before rubbing it all over. If there’s a reaction check with your doctor which sunscreen to get that doesn’t give allergies. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

    2- Make sure it has UVA and UVB protection written on the label or the words “broad spectrum”. This simply means that the sunscreen provides protection for both kinds of rays.

    The UVA rays are what accelerate the aging effects. Even so, overexposure to these rays also causes skin cancer. Sunburns and skin cancer are primarily caused by UVB rays. Not all sunscreens have both rays’ protection so read the label to ensure that you are protected from both these types of sun rays.

    3- The SPF factor should be at least 15 according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
    The higher the sun protection factor (SPF), the more you’ll be protected. An SPF of 30 is a good amount of protection. Personally I use SPF 50 or 60 when I’m going to spend a long time in the sun. Find and use only those sunscreens that carry the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of approval.

    4- Water resistant and water proof sunscreens are essential when going swimming. Water resistant sunscreen only provides 40 minutes of protection in the water. So if you’re going to be spend an hour in the water you definitely want to use water proof sunscreen which gives you 80 minutes of protection.

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    Make sure that everyone in your family, as well as friends, are aware of the need for sunscreen every time they go outdoors. Talk about the dangers of skin cancer and also about the consequences of sunburns. The more times you’ve been sunburned the higher your chances of getting skin cancer. So ideally we should do all that we can so that this never happens. Discuss the facts with everyone in your family.

    Be Aware of Moles
    Pay attention to your skin. Check the pigmentation as well as the size and shape of any visible moles. Note any changes on a piece of paper and contact your doctor if you perceive any differences.

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17 Comments on "Summer Sun Safety Tips for Kids (Plus Activities & Worksheets that Help You Teach Sun Safety)"

  1. Real Life Sarah  

    Thanks so much for these tips!

  2. HSB Suzanne  

    Don’t you just love “Cute Cliparts” stuff?! I do! 🙂 (Girly all the way! LOL)

  3. lia  

    what objects do you need for fifthgrade

  4. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Lia- the pdf for teaching 5th grade sun safety is right above. Hope that helps,
    Eren Mckay

  5. Maria@Conversations with Moms  

    These are really great points and very detailed. I was shocked at the amount of people diagnosed with skin cancer every year. It’s sad. Thanks for this post. I love your blog.

  6. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Maria – so glad you stopped by. Yes skin cancer is terrible. My mom’s best friend died of it. Very sad and that has motivated me to tell people what to do to prevent this from happening.
    Thanks for your kind words about my blog 😉
    All the best,

  7. Girish Chandran  

    Eren, summer is fast approaching in our country and I live in a city where the temperature boils to 45 degree Celsius. I think these tips are helpful to adults too who are so unfortunate with jobs to be done in the scorching sun. Thanks for your caring effort to save fellow humans. I have a query on the last tip about moles. What is it all about? Why should we take care of it.

    Girish Chandran

  8. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Girish,
    The moles are dangerous because they can become the beginning of skin cancer. That’s why we have to have them checked out just to be sure they don’t turn into that and if they do to have them removed.
    Writing about things that can prevent big problems like this is one of my passions 🙂
    Blessings always ♥,

  9. Kristie  

    I can not make out the answers to the crossword puzzle on worksheet I11, can someone help me. Please

  10. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Kristie,
    I don’t have the answer sheet to the questionnaire. You’ll have to contact the website that has the answers. I just linked to those worksheets form this post 😉
    All the best,

  11. Sue Whitfield  

    Thanks for the tips. I am a parent educator and using the materials for a Summer Safety presentation.

  12. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Sue,
    Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad these tips have helped you with your presentation.
    All the best,

  13. Melanie (ModernMami)  

    Great tips! Thanks for putting this guide together.

  14. Debbie Lattuga  

    Wow what a comprehensive guide. Did you know 90% of people use too little sunscreen when they apply it?

    You really need to be slathered up to get the full benefit of the SPF.

    Thanks for such a great guide.

  15. Karla Bond  

    Excellent tips. Thanks for some of the reminders.

  16. Tech Talk  

    Valuable tips to keep in mind. Another one I would add is for people to pay attention with the kind of sunscreen or sunblock they use. Most if not all have toxic chemicals in them. I bought a very thin sunjacket from Coolibar last year for each of us and that’s what we’ve been using together with hats and sunglasses most of the time.

  17. Eren Mckay  

    @Melanie – I’m so glad you like it 😉 .

    @Debbie – That’s a great tip. I always tell my boys that but they seem to not want to listen to that piece of advice. I’m gonna have to show it to them online so they’ll believe me – LOL.

    @Karla – I really wanted others to know these things. The best thing to do is to prevent problems.

    @Cherrie – Those sun jackets are great. There are some sunscreens that are made with non toxic. Each country has the list of the best sunscreens. They just came out with a list here in Brazil. Thankfully the ones that I usually use were listed as the best.

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