Teased for Wearing Glasses
A survey shows that many UK schoolchildren would rather squint at the whiteboard than wear glasses and be teased.
Back in the days when I went to school, I used to be ribbed by my contemporaries. Not because I was overweight – and still am if I’m honest. Nor for the fact that I wasn’t very good at Mathematics – quadratic equations, logarithms and pretty well everything else was totally and utterly beyond me.
No, the reason I had the fun poked at me, was because I wore glasses (and still do).
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In the 35-odd years since I sprinted out of those school gates for the very last time, things apparently have changed very little. If a recent study of UK children is to be believed, a third of those wearing eyeglasses have experienced teasing or bullying from their peers at some stage.
The survey, commissioned by opticians Vision Express, has come up with the following startling statistics. 26% of youngsters said that they would rather hide their glasses because of embarrassment, whilst 16% would rather squint at the whiteboard than wear their specs.
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Many parents seem to also be concerned about the reaction to their offspring wearing glasses. Two in five parents of primary or lower school children have never taken them to an optician for an eye test and 13% are worried that their kids would suffer at the hands of bullies should they be required to wear glasses.
So what can be done to encourage children to use their glasses? Many of course now wear contact lenses, but what about those whose optician believes that glasses would be the best option?
The survey revealed that 8 out of 10 children thought that seeing their favourite celebrities, such as Tinie Tempah, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber wearing glasses in public, would not only show that it is cool, but would give them the confidence to follow suit and maybe stand out from the crowd.
Justin Bieber (image by Adan Sundana)
Let’s hope it works for them. I had little option but to wear my specs, because if I didn’t, I would have had some nasty accidents walking into things. And in truth, I suppose all the years of being called “specky-four-eyes” and “windows” didn’t really do me a lot of harm!
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