As we move our lives and gatherings to the digital world, Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through email and text. We know that being exposed to inappropriate subject matter too soon can be detrimental to a child’s mental health, so any help in preventing unsolicited messaging in this regard is a relief to parents. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult advertisements from reaching e-mails, text messages, 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 can be easily applied for at www.ProtectMIChild.com.
With more kids getting electronics for gifts, families doing digital holiday celebrations, and social circles staying connected through phones and computers, we encourage you to sign up your own family for the registry and pass along this information to your patients, friends, and colleagues. It’s free and only takes a few seconds. Head to www.ProtectMIChild.com and take this easy step in keeping our kids safe.