The Los Angeles Times reports that “kids are bad about using sunscreen consistently,” according to a study published Jan. 23 online in Pediatrics. Researchers studied fifth-grade children in Massachusetts and then re-surveyed the same 360 children three years later. The results showed that half of the children reported routinely wearing sunscreen initially, but only 25% did so three years presumably when there was more independence. The article adds that the time between ages 11 and 14 is a critical time in developing attitudes about tanning and wearing sunscreen, especially among girls. It is very important to monitor your children carefully as sunburns during this time of adolescence can come back years later as skin cancer.