Michigan Child Protection Registry

Michigan Child Protection Registry

 CHILD PROTECTION

Are your children safe while online? Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography, and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Texting their advertisements is the newest marketing effort that many of these companies are using. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text ads), and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry, like the federal Do Not Call List, is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan’s families and schools and can be located at www.ProtectMIChild.com.

You may choose to sign up for the registry to protect yourself and your children from unwanted adult advertising.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

  What is the Michigan Child Protection Registry?

The Michigan Child Protection Registry was created by the Michigan State Legislature in 2004 as a do-not-contact service for Michigan families. The Michigan Child Protection Registry is a free, state administered program that allows Michigan’s families to protect their households from adult-oriented messages.

  What addresses are eligible for registration?

 You can register e-mail addresses, mobile phone numbers (SMS), instant messenger IDs, and fax numbers.

  What types of adult-oriented messages are my addresses protected from?

Families sign up their addresses are protected from messages that advertise pornography, tobacco, illegal drugs, alcohol, and gambling. The newest effort for these types of companies is to text their ads to any cell phone numbers they can find.

  Does the registry only protect children?
No. The Michigan Child Protection Registry can include: Family addresses (both adults & children), addresses in a household where a child is present, and school domains (students & educators)

   How much does it cost to sign up my addresses?

 This is a free program offered to residents by the State of Michigan.

  How do I sign up my addresses?

Registering your address is quick and easy. Go to www.protectmichild.com, click “Protect Your Household Addresses,” and follow the steps to register your household.
  How can I send my friends information on how to register?
To send to you friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors information on how to register, simply send them a “refer a friend” email after you register, and an automatic message on the Registry will be sent to their inbox.
  How often do I need to renew the registration of my addresses?
Registrations will last for three years with the option to renew at any time. You will receive a notification email reminding you that the three year time period has expired.
  Are my addresses safe?
Senders of messages are NEVER given registered addresses. Marketers and companies are required to submit their solicitation lists to the state, where all registered are then removed and returned to the sender.

  What if I receive an adult message after I register my addresses?

If you are contacted with a message to a registered address, you should submit a report to the Division of Consumer Protection. The process is easy and allows you to help the state investigate those companies who are not complying with Michigan’s Child Protection Registry laws.
  Which state office administrates the Michigan Child Protection Registry?
The Michigan Child Protection Registry is administered by the Michigan Secretary of State and is enforced by the State Attorney General’s Office.