Best Paper Award Recipient at 2014 ISECON – CONISAR Conference

Investigating the complexity of cyber-bullying in multi-player online gaming environments, Jack Rivituso, Assistant Professor of Business and Information Technology at SUNY Cobleskill, was presented with the Best Paper Award at the 2014 Information Systems Education Conference – Conference on Information Systems and Applied Research (ISECON – CONISAR), which was held on November 6 – 9, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Implementing preliminary findings from a research study, Rivituso, with fellow colleagues Dr. Meg Fryling, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Siena College, and Jami Cotler, Visiting Professor at Siena College, as well as Siena students Lauren Mathews and Shauna Pratico, sought to investigate varied perceptions among adolescents and adults regarding the prevalence, seriousness, and psychological impact of cyber-bullying throughout multi-player online gaming environments.

Findings did indicate that cyber-bullying does occur in online gaming and can have negative psychological effects. In addition, an emergent theme throughout Rivituso’s research is that age, gender, and experience play an important role in perceptions regarding the frequency, seriousness, and impact of cyberbullying in online gaming environments.

“It is my belief that this award serves as recognition of the research being conducted by members of the Business and Information Technology faculty at SUNY Cobleskill,” explains Jack Rivituso. “It also recognizes the great value that SUNY Cobleskill puts into collaborative research with other higher educational institutions.”

As a result of the award, the paper, Cyber-bullying or Normal Gaming? Impact of age, gender, and experience on cyber-bullying in multi-player online gaming environments: Perceptions from one gaming forum, will be published in the 2015 Journal of Information Systems Applied Research.

The Information Systems Education Conference/Conference on Information Systems Applied Research is the nation’s leading conference for information systems research and information systems applied research. Information Systems faculty from across the nation attend this conference to learn about the latest issues and trends in the information systems academic field and to contribute scholarly research on the latest trends and issues in information systems applied research.