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Meaningful Play 2016 at Michigan State University

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TitleParticipatory research and design across disciplines: Collaborative team processes and the development of a game-based commercial sexual exploitation of children prevention tool
Presenter(s)Jessica Wendorf Muhamad, Lien Tran and Maria Elena Villar
SessionRelationships and Sexual Exploitation in Games
TimeThursday, October 20, 3:00p-4:00p
LocationMSU Room
FormatPaper Presentation
DescriptionSexual exploitation of children represents a significant global problem, with an estimated 1.8 million children exploited each year (ECPAT, 2016), with children living in areas of armed conflict particularly vulnerable. Due to the multifarious nature of commercial sexual exploitation of children, this study benefited from moving away from traditional methodologies and employs a game-based approach. After 18-months of research and design in Colombia, a transdisciplinary team developed a role-playing game, Por Nuestras Calles, in which participants gain a deeper understanding of risk factors and reporting mechanisms. By creating a space where participants can think ‘as someone else,’ new avenues for collaboration can be explored. This paper details formative research involved in game development, team processes, and lessons learned.

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