“Aurelio, the Rising Sun” is the new digital alternative for children to learn how to stay safe in the sun’s rays and protect their skin.
Children are often more vulnerable to environmental hazards than adults, and the sun’s rays are no exception. Numerous studies have shown the importance of staying protected from this environmental factor from early childhood to avoid future skin problems or diseases.
The Clínica Aurora and the Fundación Cáncer de Piel Colombia state that if there are more than 5 burns on the skin during childhood, the risk of developing a melanoma type skin cancer (the most aggressive) in adulthood doubles. In addition, 20 to 25 percent of the radiation received by age 60 occurs during childhood.
Therefore, these entities together launched “Aurelio, the Rising Sun,” (Aurelio, el Sol Naciente) an application for iOS and Android that teaches children through games and dynamics to protect their skin from ultraviolet rays and understand the importance of sun protection.
The app was built based on a story that was written by Dr. Maria Soledad Aluma, which won the Skin Pact award in 2015 for the best educational project worldwide. In addition, the app uses information from a research that determined the best pedagogical ways to get the message across according to the child’s age.
If you have children in your care, here are some recommendations from the American Pediatric Association’s Healthy Children website about sun exposure:
- Keep babies under 6 months old out of direct sunlight at all times.
- Children should wear a hat that has a 3-inch (7.62 cm) wide brim all the way around to protect their face, ears, and nape.
- Limit sun exposure between 10:00am and 4:00pm when UV rays are the strongest.
- Look for children’s sunglasses with at least 99% UV protection for your child.
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