Who should be allowed to apply sunscreen on children?


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Now that the summer camp season is winding down and kids are heading back to school, Web Watch wanted to take a moment to share with you a story that would have freaked some parents out and led to unhappy summer vacations if we had shared it a month ago when this first crossed our browser.

It ends up that SUMMER CAMPS ARE GETTING IN TROUBLE FOR APPLYING SUNSCREEN TO CAMPERS.

And it’s all because some parents are extra-sensitive about who should be allowed to touch their children, even when done in a supervisory manner by workers in child-oriented jobs.

Well, sure – Web Watch understands that some parents may be a little touchy about who gets close to their children, but to complain about summer camp staffers who are simply trying to keep the kiddies from coming home with a nasty sunburn may be a little much.

Some camps have decided to take a “hands-off” policy when it comes to sunscreen application.  These same camps also discourage hugging or other supportive signs of affection to ensure that there’s absolutely nothing a lawsuit-happy parent could complain about.  Other camps say that the child’s health is more important, and assist campers with applying sunscreen.

Now that we’re entering the school year, we’re even seeing similar policies at schools.  One school has said that parents could come in at lunchtime to apply sunscreen to their children, but that it’s impossible for teachers to apply sunscreen to all the students.  Ah, the old “time-pressure” ruse.

So how do you feel about teachers or camp workers applying sunscreen to your children while you’re not around?  Leave a comment below…