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Friday, 20 September 2013 14:33

Brown Touts Child Protection Registry, free program prevents adult advertisements from reaching children

(AREA) -- State Representative Terry Brown (D-Pigeon) is pleased to promote a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones and instant messenger ID's of registered addresses and numbers.

"With school well under way this year, I want to raise awareness of a free program offered by the State of Michigan that allows Michigan schools and families to protect their students from receiving adult-oriented messages," Brown said. "This is an extra tool for parents and schools to protect children from unwanted adult solicitations including alcohol, tobacco, gambling, drugs and/or pornography. By registering, you are prohibiting companies from marketing products and enticements that can cause harm to our children."

Registered addresses and numbers are collected on a secure database located at www.ProtectMiChild.com and can include family addresses for adults, children, and school domains. Once an e-mail address or electronic contact point such as fax number, mobile phone number or instant messenger ID has been registered, senders of adult advertisements must remove the contact point from their mailing lists within 30 days. Contact point registrations are then effective for three years and may be renewed at any time for an additional three-year period.

"I am pleased to support and promote the Child Protection Registry knowing that this free service will give parents and school administrators extra piece of mind when working to keep their kids safe online," Brown said.