Sunshine on your shoulders may make you happy, but it can also give you a sunburn. And even though sunlight is essential for all life on Earth, repeated exposure to the sun is a major factor in long-term skin damage. Here is an extensive list of links featuring sun safety activities and educational resources for teachers, students, and families.
Play it Safe in the Sun – How sun safe are you? Read all about it and take a true or false quiz, from Arizona Edventures.
It’s Cool in the Shade – Sun facts, myths, and tips; fill in a crossword puzzle and take a tanning IQ test, from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Sun Safe Educational Materials – At home you have many opportunities to teach sun safety to your kids, whether they are toddlers or teens. Use these fun resources and tools from Sun Safe Colorado to offer the kids some age appropriate activities.
Block the Sun, Not the Fun – This site from the Sun Safety Alliance contains a family sun guide, tips from dermatologists, “The ABCs of Sun Protection for Children,” an “I Spy” game, a “Sun Smart” quiz, and more!
Sun Safety for Students [PDF] – Download a free 28-page Sun Safe Activity Guide filled with tips, activities, and puzzles for elementary students, from the Utah Dept. of Health.
Protect Your Skin – Lots of free downloadable resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which leads national efforts to reduce skin cancer through education. See also: Protecting Children from the Sun.
Sun Protection: A Primary Teaching Resource [PDF] – A 48-page educational booklet with information and activities for protecting elementary school children against UV radiation, from the World Health Organization.
Sunny Days Healthy Ways – Information on skin cancer, risk factors and principles of sun safety from Klein Buendel, Inc., creators of an interactive sun safety CD-ROM curriculum that teaches skin cancer prevention skills to children in grades K-8.
Sun Safety for Kids – Sun protection resources, product recommendations, curriculum ideas, and “The Sun Show” videos for kids ages 6-8 and 9-11. Sun Safety for Kids is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation affiliated with The Los Angeles Metropolitan Dermatological Society.
Skin Cancer Prevention Tips – A web page from the American Academy of Dermatology.
SPOT Skin Cancer: Free Educational Resources – Download printable posters, flyers, presentations, handouts, and e-cards, or share videos to help children and adults learn how to prevent and detect skin cancer; includes anti-indoor tanning materials targeted to adolescents, all from the American Academy of Dermatology.
Teen Body Basics – Tanning taboos for teens, as well as information about what indoor tanning salons don’t tell you, from The Nemours Foundation.
Sun Safety Teaching Materials [PDF] – A list of resources organized by grade level, compiled by the Skin Cancer Prevention Program, California Department of Public Health.
Free Sun Safe School Guide [PDF] – Depending on the climate and the season, outdoor school activities may result in a significant amount of sun exposure. Use this 20-page guide to assess your school’s policies and environment. (It’s adaptable to homeschool use, and includes a handout on making sun safety a family habit.)
Free Sun Safe Worksite Guide [PDF] – UV radiation is a very real health hazard for outdoor workers and a more general health hazard for indoor employees. This guide will help you to better understand what the risk is, who is affected, and how to mitigate the damage exposure of those at risk.
The Sun, UV, and You: A Guide to SunWise Behavior [PDF] – A 16-page booklet from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
SunWise – The EPA has a free environmental and health education program for teaching K-8 children about sun safety, UV radiation, and stratospheric ozone. There are requirements for participation, but anyone can preview the sample activities.
Sun Smart Victoria – This program is from Victoria, Australia, so the materials are targeted to an Australian audience. However, much of the information is useful to anyone.
Sun Precautions – Sun-protective clothing and accessories for children and adults that are 100+ SPF and meet published medical guidelines for sun protection. Solumbra was invented by Shaun Hughes, a melanoma skin cancer survivor who sunburned through his clothing and suntanned through his sunscreen.
Solartex Sun Gear – Solartex was launched in 1999 by two moms. Their products include stylish sun-protective hats, swim shorts and shirts (including long sleeve surf shirts) that are chlorine resistant and offer 50+ SPF / UPF sun protection. They’re available in many different colors and styles for the whole family. The prices are reasonable, too.