There has been lots of controversy in the media around whether teachers should implement the ‘no touching rule’ in schools. It would mean that they would have to refrain from any physical contact with children.
This has been hotly debated and many parents have raised their concerns around how these rules could affect their children’s sun safety.
At present, parents are encouraged to apply sunscreen on their children on a day when the sun is out. They normally do it before they go to school. However, children will find themselves in all sorts of interesting situations – like covered in water or paint. On these occasions their sunscreen may rub off and will need to be reapplied.
However, if teachers are unable to apply the sunscreen themselves, then it’s vital that children know how to apply it. It is also essential that they understand why this is so important. This may seem like a difficult task at first but it can be done in three easy ways.
Set a good example
Every parent knows how much children love copying their parents. They love imitating their actions and repeating what they say in the exact same tone as they said it. Knowing this, you should always ensure that you model good behaviour, especially around your kids. It is common for parents to be very careful in the sun with their children. They constantly check that they have enough sunscreen on but they’re much less likely to look after their own skin. If children see both their parents protecting their skin in the sun, then they will follow their example. Not only that but they will encourage their peers to do the same in the playground.
Without trying to scare children, parents should explain to them why they need to apply sunscreen. They should also explain what the consequences are if they don’t do it. Involving children in the conversation around sun protection will help to engage them. In addition, it will ensure that even when they are at school, they are sun safe.
Take preventative measures
Next time you apply sunscreen on your child, take the time to show them how much to use. You should also advise them on the best way to avoid missing any areas of their skin. I would recommend using at least an SPF30 and applying the sunscreen thoroughly to ensure their whole body is protected.
Make sure that your child is aware when sunscreen might have rubbed off. This could happen if they are playing with water or paints, or if they have used a towel. They must also understand that they need to wait 15 minutes after applying before going out into the sun. This is the length of time it takes for the sunscreen to form a protective layer on the skin.
However, kids can often be preoccupied with a game or too excited to get outside to remember. So to help provide that extra bit of protection, I would advise using our Calypso Once a Day Sun Protection. It is a single application product that is formulated to bind with the skin more strongly than other sunscreen products. Therefore, it lasts much longer, meaning your child will be protected all day.
It is still up for debate as to whether teachers should be able to apply sunscreen on children. Although it hasn’t been completely banned just yet, some schools will take a firmer line than others. With this in mind, it’s important that parents take the necessary steps to ensure their children are protected. By educating children about the dangers of being outside in the sun unprotected, parents can rest assured this summer.