COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Legal and educational experts from around the country will take part this week in a Missouri symposium on the effects of cyberbullying among elementary and secondary school students.

The summit is sponsored by the University of Missouri School of Law in Columbia and the Missouri Law Review. All sessions are free and open to the public Thursday and Friday at Hulston Hall on the Columbia campus.

Speakers will include John Palfrey, co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and vice-dean at the Harvard School of Law.

Organizers say the symposium will focus on First Amendment issues in restricting cyberbullying. Speakers will also address the psychological effects of cyberbullying on children, and the practical issues facing school officials in trying to implement state laws to fight the practice.

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