Economically Disadvantaged and Bullied
I do not think that it is any big secret that those of us who are economically disadvantaged can suffer from feelings of worthlessness and substantially higher rates of dropouts.
The socioeconomic and immigrant status also play a part in bullying, according to the HBSC data on children from Europe and North America. In fact, in these regions, socioeconomic status – based on parents’ wealth, occupation, and education level – is the most likely predictor of bullying in school: two out of five poor youth are negatively impacted. This compares to one-quarter of teens from wealthier families.
Being poor is associated with low social status, and bullying is all about picking on others you perceive as having a low social status. So kids living in poverty or those who are less well-off than their peers can find themselves the target of bullying. Their lack of resources may also set them apart from peers because their clothing is less fashionable, and because they have no money to go out on the weekends.
Family issues such as coming from a single-parent household. This is a particularly urgent issue in the black community because of the 74% rate of fatherless families. Thus a large percentage of the Black community classifies as economically disadvantaged. Having a parent who is incarcerated or one who is uninvolved in the family or coming from a foster care situation can also become the subject of bullies taunting. Bullies tend to attack those areas where they know it hurts the most, and so kids from these situations tend to be taunted about their predicament even though the kids do not have any way to change the situation.
How to avoid being Economically Disadvantaged
You might also talk to your mom about the way you feel about your clothes. You could explain that you understand that you are economically disadvantaged and how important it is that you have to be frugal when you shop and suggest some inexpensive alternatives to the stores that she takes you. There might be some other resale or thrift stores in your area which offer clothes that are more suited to your tastes at a similar price.
There are many ways to try to help yourself. Try to join one of the school clubs that have the kind of activities that you are interested in. It could be an athletic team or an academic club like the debate team or some other thing that you find interesting. You could volunteer at a local charity to help those that are even less fortunate than yourself. Yes, there are people who are even less economically disadvantaged than you are. That is not a place that you are likely to be made fun of or bullied. In fact, I am quite sure they would welcome any help that you could offer. I know from personal experience that the feelings you garner are worth more than any amount of money. You might actually find a friend or two that would accept you for just exactly who and what you are. That is the kind of friend everyone should have at least one of.
A Good Friend Can Help If You are Economically Disadvantaged
There are so many benefits to having this kind of friend. Here are just a few of them.
They could be someone that you trust enough to tell your most important thoughts to.
They might be able to offer you some good advice in a time of crisis.
They could offer to help you make a decision that is really important to you.
You could discuss with them what your life goals are.
They could help to reinforce good decisions that you have already made but are still uncomfortable with.
The following passage comes from an article written by Kevin Johnson, M.Ed.
Liberty University, United States
Being Economically Disadvantaged Can Lead to Trauma Caused by Chronic Bullying
Trauma is an occurrence when an intense experience stuns a child like a bolt out of the blue, overwhelming the child, leaving him or her altered and disconnected from body, mind, and spirit (Steele & Malchiodi, 2012).
Economically Disadvantage Bullying Is Not Harmless.
Bullying is not harmless; bullying is not child’s play; bullying is not a rite of passage. A rite of passage insinuates that bullying is part of life and the school experience, so children should expect to be bullied.
Children go to school to learn about history, science, arithmetic, spelling and using correct grammar. So being bullied is one of the soft skills or indirect learning experiences embedded in the school curriculum. In the academic subjects, students receive a letter grade of pass or fail as they matriculate through school.
What grade do students get for enduring four, six, eight, or twelve years of bullying? How do teachers indicate if their students passed or failed? If the student never attempts suicide, is that a passing score? If the student only has low self-esteem and depression and anxiety, is that considered acceptable to be promoted to another year of punishment?
If the individual only has non-suicidal injuries – such as cutting or burning – is that enough for promotion? However, when the person dies by suicide, it is safe to say that he or she failed the rite of passage. Many children believe that when they get older, they will grow up and out of the bullying environment, but the psychological effects and ramifications follow them into adulthood. It is well documented that childhood bullying can and does lead to PTSD as an adult.
There is one other thing that you can do to help yourself and it does not cost anything. You could work on your sense of “True” self-confidence”. This is a trait that will help you to succeed for the rest of your life. It comes from accomplishments, not compliments. Just because you are economically disadvantaged does not mean that you cannot have a high level of self-confidence. The earlier you start working on this the better. It can help you to do better in school. It can help you to have the confidence to stand up to a bully. There are too many benefits for me to list them all. It just depends upon how hard you are willing to work on it. But the most important thing it can help you with is to help yourself to no longer be poor. In fact I wrote a book about it, named My DO’s and DONT’s for Bully-ProofingYour Child. You can find a free version of it online. It costs you absolutely nothing. That URL is https://bullyingdosanddonts.com/ebook/