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Sun Protection: A Priority for Families

Whether preparing nutritious lunches, scheduling physicals or establishing bedtime routines, parents do a lot to help keep their children safe and healthy year-round.

Outdoor time is a key part of an active and healthy lifestyle. From recess and field days at school to camp and other activities during the summer, kids engage in outdoor play all year long.

But spending time in the sun may also affect your child’s skin health. Did you know just one blistering sunburn in childhood can increase the chance of developing skin cancer later in life?1

Making sun protection a priority during outdoor activities, both at home, during school and at play, is critical.

That’s why Coppertone® is continuing “Making the Sunscreen Grade,” an educational program encouraging parents to be role models for their children when it comes to sun protection with tips and tools they can use to help children develop lifelong, sun-smart habits.

Join Coppertone® in Making the Sunscreen Grade

Depending on where your child goes to school, the options for sun protection during recess and other outdoor activities may differ. Parents may not be aware of all the information available to them on this topic. That’s why, the makers of Coppertone® provide parents with information, tools and tips on how to be a sun-savvy role model and navigate sun protection during the school day, at summer camp and year-round.

Although you may be applying sunscreen to your child before school, summer camp or family fun, ideally it should be reapplied every two hours or after swimming, sweating or towel drying, especially during outdoor activities to avoid potentially risking unsafe sun exposure and sunburns.

When it comes to protecting children from the sun’s rays, knowledge is power. As role models for children, parents, school nurses, camp counselors, administrators, teachers and doctors can play a key role in instilling sun-smart habits in children by becoming sun savvy themselves.


  • Ideas on how to practice sun-savvy super hero behavior
  • Tips for initiating a conversation on sun protection options with school administrators
  • Activities for summer family fun
  • Sun protection advice from Dr. Ana M. Duarte, a pediatric dermatologist and consultant to the makers of Coppertone®
  • Surprising facts and figures about the sun

With some sun sense, you can be a sun-savvy role model to help ensure that your family’s summer moments are a little sunnier.

1 http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sunburn