It’s a common concern (and one that I hold) for parents of young kids in glasses: Will my child be teased because of their glasses? It doesn’t help that the plot of many of the books and movies about kids in glasses revolve around the child being teased and then figuring out how to deal with it. But I wonder, how much of a reality is the teasing? As far as I’m aware, no one has ever teased Zoe about her glasses. Once at the playground, I overheard one older boy telling his father, “want to hear something silly? There’s a baby in glasses!” But while he was talking about Zoe, he wasn’t taunting her or even talking directly to her, and luckily, she was young enough that I don’t think she caught it at all.
I do know that eyewear is a lot nicer looking than it was when most of us were kids, and that more and more kids are wearing glasses, though usually at an older age than our kids. Does this mean that the teasing for glasses will be less? There was that study in 2008 that found that kids do not think glasses make other children less attractive or less athletic, though they do think other kids in glasses are smarter and more honest. Does that translate into less teasing?
I’d love to hear from parents of older children about whether their kids have been teased about glasses, or whether they’ve observed kids making fun of others about their glasses.