senate resolution no.153

Senators Bumstead and Outman offered the following resolution:

A resolution to designate June 2022 as Internet Safety Month.

Whereas, Internet Safety Month provides Michigan residents with an opportunity to learn more about the dangers of the Internet and the importance of being safe and responsible online; and

Whereas, The Michigan Child Protection Registry was created by the state Legislature in 2004 as a do-not-contact service for our families. This registry, administered by the Michigan Secretary of State and enforced by the Attorney Generalís Office, is a free program that allows families to protect their households from adult-oriented messages; and

Whereas, The Michigan Child Protection Registry honors Internet Safety Month by reminding parents and guardians that, upon signing up for this registry, they can stop adult-oriented advertisements including alcohol, tobacco, pornography, online gambling, and illegal drugs from reaching their familyís email inboxes, cell phones, or instant messenger IDs; and

Whereas, We commend state and community organizations for promoting awareness about the dangers of the Internet and for providing information and training that develops the critical thinking and decision-making skills needed to be safe online; and

Whereas, We call on Internet safety organizations, law enforcement, educators, community leaders, parents, and volunteers to increase their efforts to ensure online safety here in Michigan and the United States; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That the members of this legislative body designate June 2022 as Internet Safety Month; and be it further

Resolved, That we urge all individuals to raise awareness and ensure their time on the Internet is safe and secure all year long.