Moderators are increasingly relying on smart software to flag suspicious activity on virtual-world web sites aimed at children, reports the New York Times. Virtual worlds for children and teenagers—web sites like Neopets, Club Penguin, and Habbo—are a big business. By the end of this year, there will be 70 million unique accounts—twice as many as last year—in virtual worlds aimed at children under 16, according to K Zero, a consulting firm. Virtual Worlds Management, a media and trade events company, estimates that there are now more than 200 youth-oriented virtual worlds “live, planned, or in active development.” As the number

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