A healthy Internet means everyone has the skills to thrive

People everywhere should have the knowledge they need to tap into the full power of the Internet – and use it to make their lives and the world better. This means everyone needs to be able to read, write, and participate online. A healthy Internet is yours to master.

Making Web literacy meaningful for everyone

Web literacy should mean all the skills we need to think, create, and thrive online.

Many people hear the term Web literacy and think it means learning to code, or STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) education. But Web literacy is much broader than that – it should include all the skills to be confident and competent online. To be empowered digital citizens, we all need to know how to navigate, how to share, what information to trust, and most importantly, how to expand the frontiers of our knowledge.

How you can develop meaningful Web literacy

How Mozilla is making Web literacy meaningful for everyone

Teaching Web literacy effectively

Web literacy should be a foundational to education as reading, writing, and maths are – and it should be taught everywhere learning happens.

Learning Web literacy is like any other essential skill: we learn best by doing. And in the digital world, learning happens not just with teachers in the classroom, but everywhere there’s an Internet connection. We need all kinds of educators to have the knowledge and resources to teach Web literacy the way kids learn it best. And we need to make sure every student grows up not just on the Web, but fluent in the way it works.

How you can teach Web literacy

  • Become a Web teacher

    Use these activities and instructions to help your kids and your community build strong Web literacy skills.

  • Ask for it

    Tell your school – and those of your kids – that Web literacy is essential to education, and should go beyond having computers in the classroom.

How Mozilla is teaching Web literacy

Cultivating digital citizenship

A fundamental part of Web literacy is understanding the forces that shape our lives online: the companies building our experiences, the politicians crafting and supporting government policies, and the power we hold as digital citizens to create the Internet we want. Having a say in our shared future on the Web means deciding which values are most important to us, and standing up for those values when they are threatened.

How you can cultivate your digital citizenship

  • Get informed

    Which aspect of your online life matters most to you? Privacy? Net neutrality? Inclusion? Learn about the issues, and find your own way to take action.

How Mozilla is cultivating digital citizenship

  • Raising awareness

    Creating space for understanding, conversation, and community around what makes a healthy Internet – like the page you’re reading right now, and campaigns such as Reform Copyright.

  • Educating legislators

    Advocating at the policy level to make sure politicians understand the role that digital citizens play in our society, and adopt policies to empower citizens.

Hungry for more?

Keep reading in our Internet Health Report or Web Literacy brief (PDF).