Sun safety education materials
Learning about sun safety and how to enjoy the Queensland climate in a safe and healthy way is an essential part of any child’s education. Queensland primary schools have had a long standing commitment to ‘no hat no play’ rules and the inclusion of hats in the uniforms.
However, the inclusion of well planned units of work relating to skin cancer, plus the inclusion of skin cancer related activities across curriculum areas will help to ensure that Queensland children are sun safe.
The Cancer Council Australia has an extensive range of early childhood and primary school curriculum resources.
Maintaining sun protective behaviours during adolescence, which may be well-practiced during primary school years, is challenging. However, secondary schools provide the ideal environment to reinforce the importance of sun protection in a manner which can engage adolescents and help them develop the skills to make healthy choices.
Many secondary schools in Queensland are successfully engaging students in developing and implementing sun protection policies in their school.