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10 Things To Protect Your Children While Viewing The Eclipse

To protect children from accidentally viewing the eclipse unprotected, it is essential to take proactive and precautionary measures. Here are some strategies based on the expert guidance:

Use Proper Solar Eclipse Glasses

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Ensure that children wear ISO 12312-2 certified solar eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewers when looking at the sun during the eclipse. Regular sunglasses are not safe for viewing the sun.

Supervise Children Closely

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Always have an adult supervise children during the eclipse to ensure they keep their eclipse glasses on at all times.

Secure the Glasses

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For younger children, consider making the eclipse glasses more secure by crafting a wider shield from paper plates to prevent them from slipping off. Older children can be taught how to use them properly themselves.

Educate Children

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Talk to children about the dangers of looking at the sun without proper protection and explain how to use the eclipse glasses correctly.

Use Indirect Viewing Methods

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Teach children to use indirect methods like pinhole projectors, which allow them to view the eclipse without looking directly at the sun.

Avoid Optical Devices

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Do not allow children to use telescopes, binoculars, or cameras to view the eclipse unless they are equipped with proper solar filters.

Check for Damage

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Before the eclipse, inspect all solar viewers and glasses for scratches or damage. Discard any that are damaged.

Watch Online

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Consider watching the eclipse through a live stream, especially for very young children or those who cannot follow safety instructions.

Create a Safe Environment

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Set up a viewing area where children can watch the eclipse safely, away from direct sunlight and with proper viewing equipment readily available.

Plan for Accidents

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If a child does accidentally look at the sun, take them inside or away from the viewing area immediately and monitor for symptoms such as changes in vision or eye discomfort.

By following these guidelines, you can help ensure that children have a safe and enjoyable experience while viewing the solar eclipse.

13 Outrageous Historical Facts & Crazy Reactions To Eclipses

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Have you ever viewed an eclipse? Did you take care and use your special glasses? Eclipses have been with us for centuries and were often viewed with suspicion and shock and fear. Here are some reports of some crazy reactions to eclipses over the years. Read: 13 Outrageous Historical Facts & Crazy Reactions To Eclipses

10 Things You Should Absolutely Not Do While Viewing The Eclipse

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When viewing a solar eclipse, there are several precautions you should take to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Experts say these are ten things you absolutely should not do: Read: 10 Things You Should Absolutely Not Do While Viewing The Eclipse

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