This is a pretty bad story about how dangerous video game networks are for kids. According to the story, video game networks are full of predators.
All video game consoles have parental control systems that can protect kids. For example, for the few times that our son plays on the Xbox, only people on his friends list can see if he is online and chat with him. If anyone sends him a friends request, I have to approve it before it will be authorized.
Parents need to know about how to protect their kids when they go online. Here are some helpful links for parental control on the various video game systems