While almost all Victorian primary students are sent to school in SunSmart hats and uniforms, most parents don’t equip children with sunscreen or encourage them to apply it before they go outside to play.
Melbourne’s Belinda Karlos is a mum and a melanoma patient, who is telling her story in an effort to improve sunscreen use for children across the state.
Belinda is working with SunSmart to encourage all parents of primary school aged children to:
- Supply children with SPF30 or higher, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen for use during school hours.
- Talk to children about the importance of using sunscreen regularly to help prevent skin damage and skin cancer.
- Ensure children know how to apply their sunscreen independently and have had some practice for applying it at school.
- Be a SunSmart role model at home with sunscreen, clothing, hats, shade and sunglasses.