As Internet usage among elementary and secondary school students skyrockets, so too have instances of cyberbullying, i.e. using online media to target and harass classmates. As schools adjust their policies to this new form of bullying (often by legislative command), important questions emerge: What are the effects of bullying, especially Internet-based bullying? How can schools best implement effective, appropriate regulation of cyberbullying in particular? Are legislation and the schools' new cyberbullying policies constitutional? If not, can they be rewritten to satisfy constitutional requirements?
This year's Missouri Law Review Symposium will explore the impacts of cyberbullying and its regulation, ranging from the psychological and emotional impacts of bullying to the constitutional and legal implications of school regulation, including the challenges faced by administrators and teachers who implement these regulations in the schools.
John Palfrey, co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, will deliver the keynote address. He will be joined by eminent academics and practitioners from around the country in a timely discussion of the numerous and complex implications of cyberbullying and its regulation.
This symposium is approved for 6.9 hours of mandatory continuing legal education credit in the state of Missouri.
University of Missouri School of Law students lead many successful organizations and law journals, including the Missouri Law Review. The law review, an entirely student-run journal, is one of the oldest legal publications west of the Mississippi River.
The articles featured in this year's symposium will appear in volume 77, issue 3, in summer 2012. Domestic subscriptions are available for $40; international subscriptions are $45.
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