LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos is joining Secretary of State Ruth Johnson in urging Michigan families to block electronic adult ads, messages and pornography from reaching children by joining the Michigan Child Protection Registry.
“As parents of three grade-school and middle-school children, an ever-present concern for my wife and me are the electronic devices they use to communicate with friends, do homework and listen to music,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “I am a strong supporter of this registry and encourage Southwest Michigan families to sign up and help keep their children safe from online predators and unwanted adult advertising.”
The Michigan Child Protection Registry operates as a free and secure program that families can use to block adult-oriented ads for products like alcohol, tobacco, pornography, online gambling and illegal drugs from reaching their email inboxes, cell phones or instant messenger IDs.
It allows parents to register a child’s address or household addresses that children have access to. Schools can also register electronic contact points that children may be able to access during school. Once the information has been entered, companies that send messages that advertise or link to prohibited products or services are required to remove them from their mailing lists within 30 days.
Responsibility for the registry was recently transferred from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to Johnson’s office.
“I applaud Secretary Johnson for her extensive efforts to ensure the safety of children throughout our state,” Proos said. “This registry is an easy-to-use way for Michigan parents to protect their children, and it also is a great tool for schools to use to ensure harmful and inappropriate content is inaccessible whether the child is at home or at school.”
The registry blocks registered contact points for three years or until the youngest child with access to the contact point reaches the age of 18. Registrations may be renewed at any time for an additional three-year period.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette also offers the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative — an award-winning program that has been presented to more than one million students across the state — which discusses important rules for being safe online and encourages children to seek the help of an adult they trust when faced with challenging situations.