Fierce is an app to help people being bullied on Twitter, and to empower those who want to help stop bullying.
What is Fierce?
It’s your Patronus Charm, pushing back against the negativity of others. It lets you gather your own Dumbledore’s army to face the bully. And it connects you with your own Order of the Phoenix who can do fight the battles you’re not ready to face.
Facing bullies takes strength; it’s easy for someone to tell you to ignore them, but that’s not easy to do. It’s also not always the right thing to do.
Dumbledore once said, “We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.” Bullies have faced that choice and chosen to do what’s easy; that’s why they’re angry. That’s why they’re scared. If someone’s bullying you, they’re projecting their fears and insecurities onto you. Whether the realize it or not, they’re blaming you for the things that scare them.
You don’t have to accept that. You don’t have to face that alone.
Bullies are like muggle Death Eaters, but bullies don’t even have spells. They just have words, and the louder and meaner the words, the more they show how scared they are.
You Never Face Things Alone
The Fierce app lets you gather support when you’re being bullied on Twitter. You can call on that support from your friends or from other anonymous people across the globe. A bully may seem overwhelming when they’re the only voice you an hear, but there are many more people waiting to send you messages of love and support. You don’t have to face them alone, you can call on your own Dumbledore’s Army.
Fierce helps you build a Statement of Confidence; your Patronus to counter the negative messages. If a bully is telling you you’re worthless, this will help you establish your worth and shout it to the world. If they’re telling you you’re weak, this will help you express the many ways in which you are strong. Things may seem impossible when you’re being bullied, but remember, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Your Order of the Phoenix
You can rally your own Dumbledore’s Army, you can cast your Patronus, but sometimes even that doesn’t seem enough. If you don’t want to face the bully, there are others who will do it for you. Fierce will let you call on your own Order of the Phoenix members who will talk to the bully directly. They will tell them their actions are wrong, that lashing out in anger is not the way to deal with their emotions. They will explain to them, “We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on.”
Picture Your Happiest Memory
No one deserves to be bullied, and those who bully others do so out of fear. I’m building the Fierce app because everyone has a Patronus they can summon, and everyone sometimes needs help in casting it. If you’re being bullied, or if you’re bullying someone and would like help understanding why, you can find out more at Stomp Out Bullying.