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Your Body: Teaching Kids About Sun Safety

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

You can never be reminded too often about the dangers of sunburn, so some educators are trying to start early with kids.

A new course called Sunbeatables is being added to some schools to teach children about sun safety. The program is part of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Sunburns in childhood increases a person's chances of developing skin cancer later in life. If you want to begin teaching your child now, here are some things to start with:

  • Use sunscreen everyday on the face and hands.
  • Remember to use hats and clothing to protect your skin.
  • Never use indoor tanning salons. In 2009, the World Health Organization increased its warning of such tanning devices, stating that they are known to cause cancer.

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