Internet services are easily available for youth to access from just about everywhere. At schools, homes, libraries and beyond, children can access the worldwide web through cell phones, laptops and tablets. Without protection from unwanted content, the possibilities of what they could be exposed to are endless.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson wants to remind parents and school administrators that there is an effective way to protect children from unwanted online ads and solicitations when they are online.
The Michigan Child Protection Registry is a free and secure service that blocks adult-oriented ads for products such as alcohol and tobacco, pornography, online gambling and more from reaching a child’s email inbox or mobile devices. Parents and schools can register the electronic addresses of any devices a child may use at ProtectMiChild.com.
“We live in a digital age,” Johnson said. “To keep our children safe from influences and products that are not age appropriate requires action. The Michigan Child Protection Registry provides us with the tools we need to help control the internet content to which our children are exposed. It’s a great resource, and I encourage parents and schools to use it to protect their kids.”
Once the child’s cell phone number, email address and Instant Messenger ID are entered into the system, the registry will block adult internet ads for all the registered contact points for three years, or until the youngest child with access to the contact point reaches the age of 18.
The registry is secured and housed on the Secretary of State’s website. For more information, visit the registry at ProtectMiChild.com.