SYDNEY, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Law enforcement experts from 17 countries and regions gathered in the Australian State of Queensland on Monday for the opening of the Youth, Technology and Virtual Communities Conference which explores ongoing efforts to protect children online.
Industry experts and top law enforcement officials were joined by behavioural psychologists, child protection practitioners and advocates to share insights and promote practical discussions to help stop online crimes against children.
"By using the conference as a vehicle to promote change and best practice investigation, the Queensland Police Service is ensuring we are doing everything we can to protect our children and make those who commit these horrific crimes accountable for their actions," Detective Superintendent Denzil Clark of the Child Abuse and Sexual Crime Group said.
The rapid progression of online environments makes it crucial for those working in child protection to stay abreast of the latest developments in technology and internet advancements.
"With the continued uptake of social media and the influx of self-produced images flooding the internet, the conference is a great opportunity for us to educate and protect our community to help give all our children a great start," Clark said.
Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan opened the conference by commending law enforcement both in Australia and abroad for shining a light on what is an important but, "uncomfortable topic."
"Over the last few years, I have been in the fortunate position to see the positive results achieved out of past conferences and I once again look forward to hearing of how the issues discussed here today shape policy, research and our future policing response to this critical issue," Ryan said.