Super Cyber Guest Star Contest

Meet CyberSpacers' Achiever:

From: California
Country: United States of America
Grade: 7th , Age: 12

Nick B entered the Super Cyber Guest Star Contest which included a letter and a written request to be a guest of the team in an upcoming episode.

You could be the next featured contestant by sending your entry to CyberSpacers. Make sure you include your photo, your name, age, school, grade, and a note telling us why you would like to become a guest star in an upcoming episode of CyberSpacers.

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CyberSpacers Guest Star Entry
3172 North Rainbow #100, Las Vegas, NV 89108 USA

    Dear MC,
    Some kids learn lessons about how to behave on the Web the hard way. That's what happened to me. Our parents got our family a computer. They thought it would help me and my 8 year-old sister Laura with homework. And they also said I could have fun with it because I like to play sports for real and virtual action games.

    My friend at school told me about this AOL chat room, so I logged on. I was bored with what they were chatting about, so I started goofing around. I thought it was funny to say bad and mean stuff to people. I got them mad. I just wanted to annoy them so I thought it was cool to talk trash.

    I went to that chat room every day for about two weeks. I was rude and used very bad language. I asked people personal questions about themselves, and made fun of them and lied to them. I admit I was being pretty nasty, and I am not proud of what I did. But at the time I thought it was sort of funny. But my Dad didn't think it was funny when AOL shut us down and sent him an email to contact them.

    Because they monitor the chat room AOL knew what I did. People had complained and they tracked me down. My Dad suspended me from using the computer for a month and I promised I wouldn't mess around any more. But I did. The minute I was allowed to go back online I went to the same chat room and started causing trouble again. And I got caught again. This time AOL told my Dad if I did it even once more they would suspend our service for good. My parents were really mad. They suspended me from using the computer for three months!

    During that time my sister found CyberSpacers and joined the team for the good of cyberspace. Doing homework with the computer made it easier for her and she had fun. My mom worked with her on current events and searches and stuff like that.

    It started to sink in that I really messed up. I realized how much I missed not being able to use a computer. My sister showed me the CyberSpacers' Oath. The part about "respecting others -- as I expect others to respect me" was right. I knew what I had done was really stupid and wrong.

    Our first computer got shorted out when it got destroyed in a lightning storm. My parents bought a new one. They gave me the new password, and another chance. The first thing I did was to take the oath and join the Super Cyber Team. I even got some friends at school to join.

    I have been to chat rooms again. Now I keep the Cyberspacers' oath in my mind. I even printed it and put it up on the wall. I try to make new friends on the Web but I use caution. I respect other people as I want them to respect me. I search for stuff but I don't waste my time in bad areas. And you know what? I'm really learning and having more fun and my grades are improving. One more thing. Because I have respect for others, I now have more respect for myself. My parents see this and say they are expecting big things from me in the future. I am proud to be an official member of Cyberspacers - the best team in cyberspace. I can hardly wait to get my membership ID card and decals. It would be way cool if you put me in D.O.T.Comics.

    Because I have learned from my mistakes maybe you could put this letter on the Achievers page. I hope my story helps other kids who don't use computers the right way.

    Yours truly,
Nick B

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