Early November 2018
About 30% of all school-aged children experience bullying or peer-victimization. The risk of this negative treatment increases for children who have lower social competence, presence of special needs, or overall seem “different” from their peer group. In general, adolescents who do not “fit in” experience twice the rate of peer victimization than the general population. A recent study was conducted on peer victimization of children with hearing loss who wore hearing devices, communicated orally, and were educated in the mainstream classroom that identified a victimization rate of 50%. Dealing with stigma and teasing or bullying can have far-reaching effects on school performance and self-concept.