Embrace Civility in the Digital Age promotes a 21st Century approach to address bullying and youth risk in the digital age.  This approach promotes positive norms, increases effective skills and resiliency, and encourages young people to be helpful allies who positively intervene when they witness peers being hurt or at risk.


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Positive Relations @ School (& Elsewhere)

Legal Ramifications & Positive Strategies to Address Bullying & Harassment

Positive Relations @ School (& Elsewhere) is Nancy’s new book that provides guidance to schools on how to reduce bullying and harassment and limit its harmful effects in a manner that will both effectively address the well-being of students and assist schools from avoiding litigation and civil rights enforcement actions.

Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand

The NEW version of Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand: How Young People Can Reduce Bullying, Disrespect & “Drama” is now available. Check out this!

Be a Friend ~ Lend a Hand: How Young People Can Reduce Bullying, Disrespect & “Drama” provides a short instructional booklet for young people that is packed full of research-based insight on reducing bullying and other forms of hurtful behavior, increasing positive peer intervention, and increasing resilience. A slideshow and discussion survey for young people is also provided.  An Adult Guide provides insight into the research, strategies to discuss these issues with young people, and strategies adults can use when intervening in hurtful situations that are in accord with the latest research on promoting restoration, resilience, and positive peer intervention. A narrated slideshow covering the material in the Adult Guide is also available.

Positive Relations @ Summer Camp, an article that applies the recommendations contained in Positive Relations @ School (& Elsewhere) to the summer camp environment is also available.


Parents can obtain a new booklet, Your Bullied Child or Teen: A Parent Empowerment Guide, and watch a video that provides guidance. An additional document on digital safety is also on this page.

Expert Services

Nancy Willard is available for workshops and can also provide webinars for professional development.

Nancy also provides legal research, mediation, and settlement assistance to attorneys working for school districts or student plaintiffs.

History & Additional Resources on this Site

Embrace Civility in the Digital Age is a program offered by Nancy Willard. This program/site was called Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use.

My background includes degrees in elementary and special education, as well as law. I taught emotionally “at risk” youth, practiced computer law, and then shifted to educational technology planning. Then the Internet came into schools ~ and there was a need for someone who understood youth risk behavior and school legal issues related to these new digital technologies. I wrote the first book ever published on cyberbullying: Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats, published in 2007, by Research Press.

Over more than a decade, much of my work has been in the creation of Reports that provide guidance on critical issues, especially related to digital safety issues. You can access these resources on this page. This page also links to all of my legacy reports, and materials that supported my 2007 book.

In recent years, I also developed, Cyber Savvy, a student-led, positive norms approach to teach upper intermediate, middle, and high school students (grades 5 – 12) about digital safety, including effective digital decision-making, safe posting of personal information, digital relationships, social networking, cyberbullying, and digital dating/exploitation. At this point in time, I am allowing anyone who might be interested use these materials ~ requesting a donation if they do.

By 2012, I realized, based on solid research data from a variety of sources, that what schools are doing to stop bullying simply is not working. It is not working to stop face-to-face bullying. Nor is it working to stop digital bullying. Also in 2012, it became clear that the risks of liability for schools were significantly increasing.

Therefore, at this point in time, my primary focus is on the development and distribution of insight into effective 21st century approach for schools and their partners to reduce bullying and limit its harmful effects.

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