Embrace Civility In The Digital Age                 

Make a Positive Difference in the Lives of Young People Today!

The mission of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age is to provide guidance to caring adults so they can better empower young people to embrace civility and foster positive relations.

Embracing civility is an approach that shifts from the failed “rules and punishment"  approach to bullying prevention to the creation of an environment where hurtful behavior is incompatible with the accepted social norms. 

Help students gain the values and skills to:

  • Be self-confident and respond in a powerfully positive manner if someone is hurtful to them. 
  • Stop themselves from being hurtful and make things right if they have been.
  • Effectively step in to help if they witness hurtful behavior.

Ensure that all school staff:

  • Have an accurate understanding of the dynamics of hurtful behavior.
  • Use effective strategies to intervene in hurtful incidents they witness or are reported.

Ensure that school leaders, including administrators, counselors, and school psychologists

  • Understand the legal parameters that relate to their responsibilities. 
  • Engage in comprehensive efforts to ensure a positive school climate and cultural competence.
  • Effectively investigate and intervene in a restorative manner in the more serious hurtful situations.  

Litigation Support Services

For years, the focus of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age has been on seeking to support schools in making positive changes to better foster positive relations and embrace civility. 

Unfortunately, what schools are doing does not appear to be having a positive effect. The concerns of bullying and harassment, especially of minority students, have increased. It is likely that support for students offered by the federal government will be reduced or eliminated. 

At this point in time, highest priority actions of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age will be on educating and supporting attorneys and others who are seeking to address the concerns of these bullied and harassed students.

Upcoming Video TrainingAdvocating for Students Subjected to Discriminatory Harassment or Bullying at a Time of Increased Risk


Support and Empower Your Bullied Child: A Guide for Parents

Support and Empower Your Bullied Child: A Guide for Parents provides a powerfully positive strategy parents can use to ensure that schools effectively address the concerns of bullying of their child or teen. 

Support and Empower Your Bullied Child: A Guide for Parents provides parents with insight into legal protections for students who are being bullied and guidance on how to effectively document what is happening to ensure appropriate attention by the principal. Parents are encouraged to request restoration and remedy of the harm, rather than punishment–and to insist that the school engage in necessary actions to improve its climate. 

Extensive research-based guidance is provided on strategies to empower children and teens who are being bullied to assist them in becoming more self-confident, resilient, and respond effectively if someone is hurtful. Further, guidance is provided to encourage bullied children and teens to become Helpful Allies who step in to help others who are being treated badly.  

Information is provided to parents about the nature of bullying, the challenges in addressing bullying at school, and positive strategies they can recommend to schools.

Support and Empower Your Bullied Child: A Guide for Parents is a book for parents who want to become activists–not only to support and empower their child, but improve the well-being of all students in their school. 

This book is now available in Kindle format on Amazon.

Be a Leader! Embrace Civility

Be a Leader! Embrace Civility is a FREE program for students in 4th through 12th grade. Teach your students the values and skills to foster positive relations!

  • Reach Out. Be kind to those who are treated badly or left out and help resolve conflict.
  • Say “Stop.” Help those who are hurtful stop, accept personal responsibility, and remedy the harm.
  • Report Concerns. Report serious concerns to an adult who can help.
  • Stop, Own it, and Fix It. If you were hurtful, stop yourself and remedy the harm.
  • Be Positively Powerful. Respond effectively if someone is hurtful and become positively powerful.


Nancy has been working on resources to help schools be more effective in empowering students to embrace civility and foster positive relations. In case this is not clear to everyone, what schools are generally doing in bullying prevention is not working  effectively. This is not the fault of educators. There are numerous challenges, including inaccurate information about the nature of bullying and effective approaches, especially at the secondary level. 

These resources are available for individual review. If a district, school, or institution of higher education wishes to use any of these resources, please contact to make arrangements. 


Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D., is the Director of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age. Nancy’s approach is grounded in youth empowerment and restorative practices. 

Expert Services

Nancy is available for consulting, workshops, and webinars for professional development. 



Over the years, Nancy has written articles and appeared in webinars or interviews.


Over the years, Nancy has written numerous documents and reports. 

Cyber Savvy

Nancy’s resources to address digital safety are available.