Should your eight year old go on a sunbed?

April 24, 2008 2:32pm CST
In Uk there is an article today that says kids as young as 8 are using sunbeds.What do you think?
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@kezabelle (2984)
24 Apr 08
Yeh sure why not if you want to possibly ruin their skin and give them cancer by the time they are like 15. Why would any child need a tan for goodness sake thats truely appalling i dont even let my kids tan in the sun and im sure they will thank me for it when they have clear perfect skin and look like a young teenage not a 50 year old wrinkled woman cos thats all their make their skin look like using a tanning bed at that age!
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25 Apr 08
You cant believe that someone would let their eight year old child go on a sun be...it doesnt seem real does it?as you point out when we go to the beach or the weather is hot we cover our children with factor 15...and with all of the bad press the sunbeds get...I couldnt believe what i was reading.
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• Canada
2 May 08
15 Sunblock!?! I put a minimum of 30 Sunblock on my son! ~Heavens~
@kezabelle (2984)
3 May 08
No I always use a minimum of 30 for my children and always a 50+ for them when they were babies which i prefer to use now still but 30+ is fine if thats all there is
@magikrose (5423)
• United States
24 Apr 08
There is no way you could get me to put my child on a tanning bed. That is the perfect way to age them beofre they are ready I dont care what the reason is. Children shouldent be worried about that stuff and quite frankly neighter whould adults those tanning beds are only making them age faster. Yeah it looks good for now but when they are older it wont look so pretty.
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25 Apr 08
Very true Rose yes...theres no way i wouldlet my child on any sunbed,its so daft.As you say they are so bad for the skin anyway!
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24 Apr 08
I would not allow my children to use a sunbed until they were 16 years old and even then it would have to be with my consent!! Thats like letting an 8 year old get a tattoo!!! Im surprised tanning salons are allowed to let children as young as 8 years old use them!!
25 Apr 08
I wholeheartedly agree with you....its absolutely silly!!
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@selby70 (283)
24 Apr 08
unbelievable some parents, my daughter covers my grandchildren in sun cream when it is sunny they look like the mashmallow man better safe than sorry.
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25 Apr 08
They are arent they..I couldnt believe what I was reading either!!!
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• United States
24 Apr 08
Absolutely not! There is no reason on Gods green earth to put an 8 year old on a sun bed. No child needs a tan bad enough to risk any health hazards no matter how small.
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25 Apr 08
I very much agree with you..definately not!!..why on earth a child of that age would even need to think about having a tan in the first place defeats me!
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
3 May 08
oh dear, no - I certainly do not think that is a good idea... not only does it damage skin and promote cancers, why would it be a good idea to encourage the vice of vanity especially in one so young?
5 May 08
Thats so true,when you think that they grow up quickly enogh without encouraging them even further.
@Elixiress (3887)
2 May 08
Everyones first reaction is OMG NO! But there are some incidences when I think that it is okay. Sunbeds help with a variety of skin conditions. My boyfriend has a skin condition and sun helps it a lot, but since we live in north east England, the sun is a very rare thing. So when he was younger in the winter, he would go on sunbeds, prescribed by his doctor to control his skin if it got really bad.
• Canada
2 May 08
Well, it seems that we are all in full agreement here! I think that this is absolutely ridiculous!! Who would do this!? ~Heavens~