More than 100 law enforcement officers from around the region attended a four-day training camp in Hong Kong this week to find ways of protecting children online. A recent United Nations conference in Bangkok warned that child pornography on the internet leads to more traditional forms of child abuse such as trafficking and prostitution. Meanwhile, a study conducted by the US Department of Justice found that one in five children aged 10 to 17 had received unwanted sexual solicitations online. 'Traditional law enforcement methods are no longer enough when criminals operate beyond national boundaries,' said Police Commissioner Dick Lee Ming-kwai. Mr Lee, who attended the camp's opening ceremony at the Cyberport, said: 'Well-trained, knowledgeable and experienced cyber crime investigators are needed to combat increasingly sophisticated criminal activities. 'Hong Kong has long been committed to providing officials with the tools they need to confront emerging forms of criminality online.' Sponsored by Microsoft, the camp was jointly organised by Interpol and the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), with support from the Hong Kong Police. Microsoft revealed that they would launch a new software called Child Exploitation Tracking System next year. This would help the region's law enforcement organisations to share a database on missing children. 'We are taking the initiative to help ensure internet safety in the global community,' said Pam Portin, director of children's online safety at Microsoft. 'Besides working with law enforcement bodies, we are always keen to raise public awareness of the issue by educating parents and children themselves. Parents play an important role in combating online crime. They are advised to sit with their children in front of the computer and explain the potential risks.' Two websites - www.websafecrackerz.com and www.staysafeonline.com - have been developed by Microsoft Network specifically aimed at teenagers and younger children, respectively. 'The great advantages of internet communication can be exploited by criminals preying on children,' said ICMEC representative Sheila Johnson.