We’ve all seen the man-on-the street interviews that show many users don’t know where their browser stops and the internet begins. Some aren’t sure what a browser is, or which one they use.
There is a Consumer Education project under way at Mozilla to help non-technical users of the Open Web increase their general level of web-savvy. We need to create engaging, easy-to-understand content that helps them increase their “Web Savvy”. To start we want to produce materials on the following topics:
- Shopping safely on the web
- Protecting online identity
- Choosing more secure passwords
- Help remembering passwords
- Social media privacy
- The risks presented by cookies
- Adding extra features to the browser
But suggestions for additional topics are always welcome.
If you are a writer, film-maker, teacher, cartoonist, artist or musician, you can help. What’s in it for you? As part of a major world-wide user education program, millions of people will see your work, so you’ll get great visibility.
We need content shared under a Creative-Commons license so it can be remixed and re-purposed by the community. We have access to technical experts in each topic area if you need help sharpening the focus of your efforts. …and if you’re an expert in any of the topics, come join the effort!
Writers: We need copy for brochures, booklets, posters, and scripts for short videos and 2-minute radio pieces.
Film-makers: We need short, engaging videos that illustrate technical issues in ways that will connect with non-technical users.
Teachers: We need your help adapting materials for general audiences to use in classrooms at various grade levels. We also need lesson plans built around these materials to share with teachers worldwide.
Cartoonists: We need single-panel cartoons to include in booklet and brochures, comic strips, comic books and posters on our selected topics. If you’re also an animator, then here’s a chance to show off your comics in video form.
Artists: We need posters and artwork for booklets and brochures.
Musicians: We need theme music for videos and audio podcasts. On-topic music videos are also needed.
Join today! Take a moment to visit the Share Your Web Savvy project on Drumbeat.org and join the project. With your help we can make the web a better place for everyone, including your non-technical friends.