We know teens are very forgetful, and so it’s not surprising that more than one third of them
visited a NSW pool or beach in the 2013/14 summer without taking their sunscreen.
As a parent, you play an important role in your teen’s sun protection so this summer, join forces
with Cancer Council NSW to ensure your teen is safe from the sun.
Send your teen to the pool or beach with sunscreen.
The Sun Sound will remind them to use it.
Tips to help your teen stay protected this summer:
- Why not buy each of your kids their own sunscreen tube and slip it into their beach bag at the start of summer. That way they’ll have it each time they head to the beach or pool.
- Need present ideas for your kids this Christmas? Buy them a new hat, shirts or sunnies – the more on trend they are, the more likely they are to wear them.
- Stock up on a few extra sun protection items in the summer sales so your household is never in short supply.
Facts about sunburn and skin cancer
- Overexposure to UV radiation in the first 15 years greatly increases the risk of developing skin cancer later in life.
- Teenagers spend more time outdoors, get sunburnt more often and use less sun protection than any other age group.
- Nearly a quarter of Aussie teenagers still get sunburnt on an average weekend in summer.
- 95% of melanomas and 99% of non-melanoma skin cancers can be prevented by using five forms of sun protection – slip, slop, slap, seek and slide.