To effectively reduce bullying requires shifting to a powerfully positive approach that emphasizes the positive norms held by the majority of youth and empowers young people with the skills necessary to effectively step in to help if they witness hurtful behavior, stop themselves from being hurtful and take steps to make things right if they are, and be self-confident and respond with positive power if someone is hurtful to them.

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.

The objective is to develop and disseminate powerful positive approaches to promote positive youth relations by:

  • Helping young people gain greater self-confidence and resilience to reduce the potential they will be treated badly and increase their effectiveness in responding.
  • Encourage those young people who are on a path to leadership to become positive leaders who promote acceptance of differences and positive intervention, rather than engaging in hurtful behavior to achieve dominance.
  • Encourage young people who witness hurtful behavior to be Helpful Allies who step in to help by reaching out, saying stop, ore reporting serious concerns.
  • Increase the effectiveness of adults in intervening in ways that foster resilience, restoration, and intervention.
  • Increase the capacity of adults, including educators, youth development professionals, and parents/guardians, in providing essential support to those young people who are more frequently targeted, including those who are also aggressive.

Information about Resources on this Site

Embrace Civility: Fostering Positive Relations in School

Three Resources will be available:

  • Part I: Insight for Teachers and Support Professionals. The resource consists of five Units that provide an overview of bullying, address how to empower students who are targeted, encourage students who are hurtful to stop and remedy the harm, increase positive peer intervention, and effectively intervene in the hurtful situations they witness or are reported. (Available mid-November, 2015)
  • Surveys for Students and Staff. Surveys are available that schools and districts can use to assess school climate, student’s norms, incidents of hurtful behavior, and workplace bullying. (Available mid-November, 2015)
  • Part II: Insight for Leadership Team. A draft of this resource in written format is currently available as a bonus for schools and districts that acquire Part I. (Available January, 2016)

Be a Leader!

Be a Leader! is Embrace Civility in the Digital Age’s powerfully positive program to empower students to:

  • Reach Out to those who have been left out or treated badly
  • Say “Stop” to those who are hurtful
  • Report Concerns to an adult who can help
  • Stop, Own It & Fix It if they have been hurtful
  • Be Positively Powerful in response to hurtful incidents

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.


Nancy’s resources to address digital safety are found here. This work has been “back-benched” while Nancy has been working on new resources to promote positive relations.

Informational Documents

Over the years, Nancy Willard has written numerous reports and articles. You can find these resources on this page.


  • Embrace Civility Discussion Group
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