Enjoy summer by being Sun Smart

Learn how to be a sun safety champion, and protect yourself and your kids.

Overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a major cause of skin cancer in Australia.

UV damage in childhood significantly increases the risk of skin cancer - so it is important to get children thinking about sun safety from an early age.

Parents, carers and teachers can do this by role modelling sun protection habits so children can independently develop their own sun safety habits.

Each morning, check the sun protection times for your location at the Bureau of Meteorology website or on the free SunSmart app. These tell us when to protect our skin outdoors.

During these times – at school and at home – use a combination of sun protection for the best level of protection against UV damage:

  • Slip on covering clothing
  • Slop on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum and water-resistant sunscreen
  • Slap on a broad-brimmed hat that shades the face, neck and ears
  • Seek shade
  • Slide on sunglasses

Your child's primary school may be a member of the SunSmart program. You can support this by:

  • Dressing your child in sun protective clothing and remembering to pack their broad-brim hat for school each day
  • Supplying your child with sunscreen for use during school hours
  • Teaching your child to apply their own sunscreen and help them get into the habit of applying it before outdoor activities

Make sure you are also being SunSmart at home with clothing, sunscreen, a hat, shade and sunglasses too.

For more information about sun protection and tips for parents, visit the Sun Smart Website: sunsmart.com.au

See: Back to School