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CompuServe, the second-largest online service, announced a plan Tuesday to try to keep children from viewing its adult-oriented content.

Starting Tuesday, subscribers who want to join adult chat rooms or view material inappropriate for children will have to present the company proof of age and obtain a password to enter CompuServe's Adult Community.

CompuServe can only segregate its own content, however, not material that subscribers can access from the World Wide Web, company spokesman Steve Conway said. Like other online services, CompuServe already offers parental-control software for those who want to screen out potentially offensive material.

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