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Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is reminding parents of the ProtectMiChild Registry.

The registry is a free and secure program on the Secretary of State website that families and schools can use to block adult-oriented ads for products like alcohol, tobacco, pornography, and online gambling from reaching their children's devices, the state said.

“Whether texting, gaming, using social media or spending time on apps, when taking part in online activities, kids today are at risk of encountering content that is not appropriate for their age,” Benson said. “The ProtectMiChild registry is a critically important resource to help parents shield children from receiving adult-oriented ads on their smartphones and other devices.”

Once the electronic addresses are entered into the registry, it will stay on the registry for three years or until the youngest child with access reaches the age of 18.

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