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Families at Play: Connecting and Learning through Video Games

Sinem Siyahhan and Elisabeth Gee


Video games have a bad reputation in the mainstream media. They are blamed for encouraging social isolation, promoting violence, and creating tensions between parents and children. In this book, Sinem Siyahhan and Elisabeth Gee offer another view. They show that video games can be a tool for connection, not isolation, creating opportunities for families to communicate and learn together. Siyahhan and Gee offer examples of how video games, like smartphones, Skype, and social media, help families stay connected. Further, they describe how families express their feelings and share their experienc ... More

Keywords: family video gaming, families and video games, intergenerational play around video games, joint media engagement, parent-child co-play, family learning and video games

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780262037464
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sinem Siyahhan, author
California State University, San Marcos

Elisabeth Gee, author
Arizona State University