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31 May 2013 09:15
Safety first: But many children are unaware of the sun's dangers, according to a new survey
A new survey suggests that a fifth of children overall intend to sunbathe without sun cream this summer.
Superdrug's poll of 1,000 children aged six to 16 found half of those aged six to eight years want a bronzed complexion. It found a third of children will sunbathe at "every available opportunity".
The findings emphasise the need to get trusted
medical travel insurance as holidaymakers never know when their children are going to suffer sunburn. Richard Cryne, Superdrug's sun care buyer, called the poll's results "really alarming". He said they show children have little regard or knowledge of the sun's dangers or the consequences of spending time in the burning sun without protection.
He added: "The average person receives 80% of their lifetime exposure to the sun by the time they're 18 years old. This means that good childhood habits when it comes to being safe in the sun aren't just a matter of preventing painful sunburn but can cause a real tangible difference to a person's chance of avoiding skin cancer later in life.
"That's why this summer we're working with national skin charity Skcin on the Sun Safe Schools campaign and hope to sign up 1,000 schools and nurseries to the awards scheme this year."
20 January 2017
Winter sports enthusiasts are being urged to check they have the right insurance after new research shows only 1 in 6 people are covered under their standard travel insurance policy.
19 January 2017
Nearly 1,000 people have had their holidays in Gambia cut short amid growing political unrest in the African state.
18 January 2017
Researchers at Cambridge University may have made a breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, according to preliminary findings.
17 January 2017
Stansted Airport has made a bid to become Britain's next hub for long-haul travel, as passengers are promised seamless connection facilities and baggage transfer.
13 January 2017
Long-term goals such as travelling more and visiting new places have come above healthy eating and changing jobs in a list of the top New Year's resolutions.
14 January 2017
Some of the biggest airports in the UK have been forced to cancel flights as snow and blizzard conditions sweep parts of the country.
Stress could be as significant a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes as smoking, drinking and overeating, new research shows.
24 December 2016
Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended amid continuing industrial unrest ahead of the weekend break.
11 January 2017
A connection between diabetes and inflection in children could be a major breakthrough in developing a cure for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.
10 January 2017
A new trial aimed at tackling widespread loneliness among older people is successfully reducing isolation using community-based tactics, a report shows.
07 January 2017
People may be able to enjoy better brain health in later life by following a Mediterranean diet, research has suggested.
06 January 2017
Many Britons plan to cut down on the costs of their holidays in 2017, as part of their financial resolutions for the New Year.