Public Engagement
& Impact Projects
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Teachable Moments Initiative

The ‘Teachable Moments’ project is an educational initiative to create a series of digital resources based around streaming TV shows and films popular with teens. Through worksheets based on topics such as ‘Pleasure and Communication,’ ‘Sexual Health’ and ‘Homophobia’ from episodes of shows such as Netflix’s Sex Education (2017-), ‘Teachable Moments’ addresses key learning points from the new Relationships and Sex Education guidance and encourages critical thinking. The worksheets are co-designed by the sex education organization Sexplain and Dr Tanya Horeck, Reader in Film, Media and Culture at Anglia Ruskin University.

Digital Sexual Cultures Feminist Research and Engagement Consortium

Horeck is also part of the Digital Sexual Cultures Feminist Research and Engagement Consortium that works closely with stakeholders, third-sector organizations, government and policy makers to explore issues around contemporary digital sexual cultures and online sexual harassment. The aim is to find ways to better equip school leaders, teachers, parents and young people to manage the risks and rewards of using digital technologies in their intimate relationships.

Online Sexual Harassment Guidance & Policy

Horeck has collaborated with colleagues Professor Jessica Ringrose (University College London), Dr Kaitlyn Mendes (University of Leicester) and the NGO Sexplain, to launch a policy document that offers comprehensive guidance for schools on how to deal with the issue of online sexual harassment. This policy offers a strong response to existing sexting and cyberbullying policies that neglect the gendered and sexualised elements of online harms, risks, hate and abuse. We build from a focus on children’s rights and consent to clearly demonstrate when online behaviour becomes abusive (even if it is not technically illegal). The guidance and the policy can be found on Sexplain and the University of Leicester’s websites.

The Boredom Project

The ‘Boredom Project’ is a public engagement/co-creative partnership between ARU, the Chelmsford Young Creatives, the Chelmsford Museum, and the British Science Association. The project investigates how young people have been coping with boredom during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Through a series of online workshops (designed and delivered by Tina Kendall and the other partners), the Young Creatives have been tracking and reflecting on their experiences of boredom in this context. Although media is more typically understood as a way to avoid boredom, one aim of this project is to model ways of using social media platforms as tools for active reflection and creativity, and to encourage critical thinking about experiences of boredom.