Detroit Evening Report: Michigan’s child internet safety program adds TikTok, Twitch, more to registry

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Michigan has expanded its digital tool intended to protect children in the state from adult content.

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The ProtectMIChild registry created in 2005 is a free program that allows parents to register their children’s social media and streaming user info to block adult-oriented ads on specific platforms. The state added Youtube, Discord, Tiktok and Twitch to the registry this month as it celebrates Internet Safety Month.

“As schools let out for the summer, parents can ensure their kids enjoy their time online protected from inappropriate advertisements,” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a statement. “The ProtectMIChild Registry empowers parents to take charge against adult content, giving them peace of mind while kids use their phones, tablets, and computers. Adding these new options expands the protection of the registry and helps this resource more effectively respond to our kids’ digital world today.”

The service will block ads for three years or until the child turns 18, whichever comes first. Schools, libraries and youth-serving organizations can also use the tool for accounts used by students. More information can be found at

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.