The Royal Family attend a round table meeting on AI and online child safety

The Royal Family receive the guests in the Bernadotte Library.

The Royal Family receive the guests in the Bernadotte Library. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

On Wednesday 20 November, The King and Queen, The Crown Princess Couple and Princess Sofia attended a round table meeting on AI and online child safety. The meeting was arranged by the Global Child Forum and the World Childhood Foundation at the Royal Palace. During the day, experts spoke about how artificial intelligence can help fight sexual assaults against children.

Around 40 Swedish and international experts from industry, academia, crime-fighting bodies and child protection organisations met in the Bernadotte Library at the Royal Palace. Talks were interspersed with round table discussions on improving online child safety.

The Queen during the conference.

The Queen during the conference. Photo: Sara Friberg/The Royal Court of Sweden

The King opened the conference with a speech, in which he said:

"New technology in itself is not good or bad. However, as we all know, it can be used for good or bad purposes.

"The digital revolution offers not only a threat, but also a hope for child safety – if we use technology in the right way.

"Tools already exist which use artificial intelligence to combat child abuse. However, the offenders are still one step ahead. New approaches are needed."

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The conference concluded with a speech by The Queen.

"The risks for children online are changing rapidly, both in scale and in form. In order to prevent those risks from turning into harm, we need the sharpest minds to be on our side. On the side of children."

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The conference was arranged by the Global Child Forumexternal link, opens in new window and the World Childhood Foundationexternal link, opens in new window, which The Queen founded in 1999.

The previous week, The Queen attended a conference on the same theme together with the World Childhood Foundation in the Vatican. Find out more about her visit .