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Tanning Teens

Author: Sylvia Kniest



Time: 2 class periods
Preparation
Time:
Copy class set of each of the articles
Materials: News articles

 


Abstract
Students will explore the potential role of government in monitoring tanning devices used by teens.

Objectives
Students will be able to:
1. Identify the government’s role in dealing with health issues among teenagers.
2. List the major concerns that health officials would have regarding teens and tanning.

National Standards For Civics and Government
I-A. What is civic life? What is politics? What is government? Why are government and politics necessary? What purposes should government serve?
III-B. How is the national government organized and what does it do?

Teacher Background
Copy a class set of the articles: “California bill bans teens in tanning booths” and “Dying to be Tan” from the web sites listed below.

Copy articles for day two: “The Skin Cancer Foundation: The Case against Indoor Tanning”, “The Skin Cancer Foundation: As Sun Safety Grows, So Do the Benefits of Sunless Tanning” and “Sun Protection in Children”

Resource Websites
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/5030323/ “California bill bans teens in tanning booths”
http://msnbc.msn.com/id/8379291/ “Dying to be Tan”
http://www.skincancer.org/artificial/index.php “The Skin Cancer Foundation: The Case against Indoor Tanning”
http://www.skincancer.org/artificial/sunless.php “The Skin Cancer Foundation: As Sun Safety Grows, So Do the Benefits of Sunless Tanning”
http://www.scma.org/magazine/scp/sp03/sugarman.html “Sun Protection in Children”

 

 

Activity
Day 1
(1 period)
Introduce the activity by asking students to respond to the following questions:
1. How many of you use sunscreen?
2. How many of you have used a tanning bed?
3. Should states require parental permission for teens to use tanning beds?
4. Why do you think teens keep tanning, despite the risks?

Have the students read the following two articles; “California bill bans teens in tanning booths” and “Dying to be Tan”
Have them discuss the following questions in groups of 2-3 after reading the articles:
1. Why is the rate of melanoma rising? Before introducing this lesson provide a lecture on the Executive Departments. A recommended web site for background information is: http://www.firstgov.gov/Agencies/Federal/Executive.shtml
2. Follow up the lecture by asking the students to rank the departments (1) most important and (15) least important. Tell them that they will defend their ranking with the rest of the class.
3. What measures have governments (local, state, or federal) taken to deal with the rise of melanoma in the United States?
4. Brainstorm with your group on possible actions the government could take to lower the risk of skin cancer in the United States.

Day 2 (1 period)
Divide the class into three groups. Assign one group the article The Skin Cancer Foundation: The Case Against Indoor Tanning and the second group the article As Sun Safety Grows, So Do The Benefits of Sunless Tanning and the third group the article Sun Protection in Children

Before students read the articles assign them the following scenario:

You have been employed by the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the prospect of placing more regulations on artificial tanning products. In addition you are to consider a proposal by the American Medical Association, which is asking the Department of Education to implement sun awareness programs in schools. As you read your article create a “T” chart using the following format


FOR REGULATIONS

AGAINST REGULATIONS

After students have completed the reading have them work with the students who read the other two articles. They should compare their charts and add more information from the discussion with their partners.

The groups should also address the issue of implementing sun awareness programs in the schools. Should the Department of Education mandate sun awareness education in all public schools? What are the pros and cons of such a program?

Closure
Hold a class discussion on the following questions:
1. What regulations should the FDA impose on artificial tanning products?
2. Should the Department of Education mandate sun awareness programs in the public schools? Why/why not?

Homework
None

Embedded Assessment
Students’ participation in the class discussions and their “T” charts will be evaluated.


PULSE is a project of the Community Outreach and Education Program of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and is funded by:


an
NIH/NCRR award #16260-01A1
The Community Outreach and Education Program is part of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center: an NIEHS Award

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