Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D., is the Director of Embrace Civility in the Digital Age.
My vision is that young people will provide leadership throughout the world to embrace civility and foster positive relations!
But to empower young people to accomplish this, I need to empower caring adults who work with kids and teens. That is what the resources on my site are all about.
I entered the field of “bullying prevention” by writing the first book ever published on cyberbullying. I approaches issues of youth risk based on a digital age perspective. Key insight related to this perspective is that the “authoritarian mindset,” which assumes that adults are in control, is not well founded.
My approach to youth risk prevention recognizes that in the digital age it is necessary for adults to empower young people with the values and skills to embrace civility. To help young people embrace civility requires a focus on the quality of the school or organization climate, empowering young people with the values and skills necessary to foster positive relationships, and ensuring that when adults intervene in hurtful situations this results in an effective resolution that fully supports all involved students.
I have degrees in special education and law, taught “at risk” children, practiced computer law, and was an educational technology and digital safety consultant. I also experienced intense bullying as a teen, being called “Weirdo Willard” throughout junior and high school.
I am author of: Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social Cruelty, Threats, and Distress (2007, Research Press) and Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens, Helping Young People Use the Internet Safety and Responsibly (2007, Jossey Bass). Cyber Savvy: Embracing Digital Safety and Civility (2011, Corwin Press).