LANSING - Sending unsolicited instant messages to children in Michigan will now carry the same fines and as sending kids unsolicited emails under changes made Monday by the Michigan Public Service Commission.
The state PSC said it opened the Protect MI Child registry to instant messenger IDs, mobile text messaging and fax numbers. These methods of contact would carry the same penalties as email addresses have since July for those sending inappropriate messages to children.
The Children's Protection Registry Act (PA 241, 2004) requires those sending unsolicited messages to check their contact lists with the state registry every 30 days and provides fines for those who send messages to email addresses and contact numbers on the list.
Registry applications as well as information on filing complaints are available at ProtectMIChild.Com.
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