Sun Safety for Kids: Every Day is a Good Day for Sun Safety

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This information has tips on being safe in the sun for you and your family. On the right side of this page you can click on a PDF to save or print an activity worksheet for kids. 

In every season, it’s important to remember some sun safety tips. You can model these healthy habits for kids too.

How to look for changes in your skin

Knowing your skin will help you to notice any changes and new moles or spots that may appear. Use the letters ABCDE to check moles and spots on your skin. You can do this for your child’s skin too. If you find moles or spots that are changing, bleeding, or itching, make an appointment with a dermatologist (skin doctor).

The ABCDE of skin cancer

ABCDE of skin cancer description

Fig 1.  Descriptions of the ABCDE of skin cancer.

Tips for being safe in the sun

We recommend you:

  • Protect yourself from sun rays by wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen. Broad spectrum means it blocks both types of UV rays (UVA and UVB).
  • Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher 30 minutes before going outside. Do this even on cloudy days and in the winter.
  • Apply a thick layer, about 2 tablespoons, on your face and body.
  • Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours and after swimming, using a towel, or sweating.
  • Stay out of the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when rays are the strongest.
  • Get into the shade whenever possible.
  • Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeve shirts, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses.

To learn more about preventing skin cancer, go to 

For information on skin cancer screening, go to

Last Updated

Thursday, September 14, 2023

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