What do parents say?

72% of parents say YES!

In July 2013 Le Tissier carried out a nationwide survey to find out what parents think about children wearing sunglasses at school.

We received 113 responses from parents of primary school children in New Zealand from 74 different primary schools representing 17 different regions from Whangarei down to Queenstown. This was followed by 10 qualitative interviews.

The common finding from the qualitative interviews was that parents were unaware of the effect of the sun’s UV rays on the eye and they therefore need information on this matter. Nevertheless, 54 per cent of parents already do believe that children should wear sunglasses when playing outdoors in summer during school hours. This number would surely increase if parents were given information about the sun’s effect on their children’s eyes.

 

 

The number of parents who believe they should wear sunglasses outdoors at school during winter as opposed to summer was reduced by half, however this figure would be sure to rise if parents were informed about how the sun’s UV rays are attenuated only fractionally on a cloudy day and that it is only rain, fog and low clouds that significantly reduce exposure to UV radiation.

Significantly for school management, even in the absence of providing information on the importance of wearing sunglasses, 72 per cent of respondents believe that schools should have sunglasses available as part of the school uniform.

The results of each question are shown below. We welcome your thoughts on this.

What do you think Sunsmart is?

While all understand that it related to sun protection very few understood the complete definition outlined within the Sunsmart Program and missed the key slip, slop slap and wrap message.

The below research gives a great in-sight to what parents understand about the sun, what their worries are and their support for the protection of their children.

Have you heard of Sunsmart?

Have you heard of Sunsmart?

How often on average do you wear sunglasses?

How often on average do you wear sunglasses?

Is your child’s / children’s primary school a Sunsmart school?

Is your child's (or children's) primary school a Sunsmart school?

How often on average does your child (or children) wear sunglasses?

How often on average does your child (or children) wear sunglasses?

If your child (or children) doesn’t wear sunglasses very often (two or fewer days per week), why is this? (You can click on more than one box)

why is this

If your child (or children) wears sunglasses often (three or more days per week), what issues do you have with them?

what issue do you have with them

Have you heard of any of these eye diseases? (You can click on more than one)

have you heard of these eye diseases

What price do you think a pair of high quality children’s sunglasses should be?

What price do you think a pair of high quality children's sunglasses should be?

How likely would you be to buy a quality pair of children’s sunglasses that don’t break or fall off and are made for their active lifestyles?

How likely would you be to buy a quality pair of children's sunglasses that don't break or fall off and are made for their active lifestyles?

How important do you think it is for children to wear sunglasses when playing outside during school hours – during the summer months?

How important do you think it is for children to wear sunglasses when playing outside during school hours - during the summer months?

How important do you think it is for children to wear sunglasses when playing outside during school hours – during winter months?

How important do you think it is for children to wear sunglasses when playing outside during school hours - during winter months?

If a quality pair of children’s sunglasses was available at the price you indicated, do you think schools should have sunglasses available as part of the school uniform?

If a quality pair of children's sunglasses was available at the price you indicated, do you think schools should have sunglasses available as part of the school uniform?

How likely do you think it is that YOUR child’s primary school would consider making sunglasses available as part of their school uniform?

How likely do you think it is that YOUR child's primary school would consider making sunglasses available as part of their school uniform?

“I am so pleased that my son’s school now has sunglasses as part of their school uniform. I think it is a great idea as I wear sunglasses wherever I go so it makes sense that my son should too.” Parent – St. Josephs Catholic School Takapuna

Our Promise to you:

We want you to love your Le Tissier sunglasses as much as we do.
But…if it is not love at first sight we will exchange or refund them.