With the warmer weather (hopefully) somewhere on the horizon for the UK with the summer approaching should we be encouraging kids over her to follow in the footsteps of our Australian friends and “Slip on a shirt, Slop on some sun cream and Slap on a hat”? Skin cancer awareness is a big issue in Australia and it is taught (through the help of the Slip, Slop, Slap bird) from a very young age.
However with the UK the ‘Seasons’ simply consisting 99% of the time as warm or cold rain do we really need the extensive advertising within the UK? Most parents have the choice and are aware of how to protect their young child from the sun, however the UK sun can be quite deceptive!
Having spent many a holiday on the sunny beaches of Cornwall in the south of England, I can vouch for the fact that at some points (mid-August usually) the UK does actually get hot. And my parents were prepared with the sunscreen and the shirt after I’d finished splashing around in the sea. In the summer the UK’s holiday destinations seem to be prepared for the sun, but whilst at home parents and kids can find it hard to remember to top up the lotion and can get easily burnt.
With skin cancer on the rise, should schools and parents be doing as much as the Aussie’s to promote sun safety?