Every year we get the reminders from school, the articles in the news and the advertising campaigns in the media- but do we really place enough importance on sun safety when it comes to the kids? I’m a firm believer in educating, spreading awareness and allowing kids to explore the reasoning behind many aspects of their day to day lives. I think its vital that they’re told why we do what we do, rather than just what to do. Sun safety is no different! Not many kids enjoy slathering the cream on before school, and fewer will remember to re-apply at playtime too. But if we involve them in every step- starting from the why- then we can change that over time. Recently I was contacted by Boots Soltan, who are once more running a campaign to help educate kids on the importance of sun safety. It’s time to get the kids involved- and this is how you do it.
Make it fun
Kids learn best when they’re smiling and having fun, which is why learning through play is one of the best forms of education there is- no matter what the age. If we can make sun safety education fun then they’re going to grasp the importance of it all a lot more quickly. This year, Boots have launched an amazing creative campaign aimed to get kids involved and I cannot applaud it more!
This year’s Sun Ready Challenge encourages primary school children to put pencil to paper and design a poster and slogan of how they stay safe and have fun in the sun, whether that’s putting on sun cream, wearing their best sunglasses or donning their favourite summer hat. The competition is part of Soltan Sun Ready Schools, a curriculum-linked programme providing free teaching resources that help to equip teachers and pupils with all the knowledge they need to stay safe on warmer days. All of the resources can be used in school, as well as back at home so that parents can also practice sun safety behaviours with their children.Boots Soltan
Know your stuff
If you know your stuff, you’re more likely to feel confident in sharing that knowledge with your kids. Do your research, follow the Sun Ready campaign and really get your teeth into what’s required to keep the whole family safe in the sun. Remember that modelling behaviour is one of the best ways to encourage children to develop good habits, so don’t forget to protect your own skin in the sun too!
According to the British Skin Foundation, a staggering one in ten parents do not apply sunscreen to their children’s skin and this is something that really needs to change. By educating and modelling we can ensure that our children take ownership and develop a sense of responsibility too.
Boots Soltan is the only leading brand that offers 5* UVA protection to prevent permanent skin care damage, and by educating young people aged 5-11 about how to stay safe in the sun, the campaign is ensuring that they adopt healthy sun safe tips at an early age that will last a lifetime. This is even more important as 23% of sun damage occurs before the age of 18.Boots Soltan
Get your kids involved, and play an active role in the learning. Allowing the kids to use their creative skills to learn the importance of sun safety is a great way to spread the word, and there’s no reason why you can’t grab some paper and make your own poster too! Although, maybe only enter your child’s drawing, for the sake of fairness!
The Sun Ready Challenge opens for entries on 29th April. All designs must be submitted by 14th June. To enter visit: www.soltansunready.com/for-schools/competition
To download the fun, free, curriculum-linked resources go to: www.soltansunready.com/for-schools
The first 100 schools to sign up to the resources will be sent a Boots Soltan Sun Ready registration pack and the first 100 schools to enter the competition will receive a Sun Ready competition pack.
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