Keep kids from cheating in school
Technology, busy schedules and distractions all make it increasingly easier for kids to cheat.
January 17th, 2012
12:26 PM ET

Keep kids from cheating in school

By Melissa Balmain,

( - You're a typical fourth-grader. You've got soccer three afternoons this week, two birthday parties, piano, chess club, recycling club, and making-stuff-from-duct- tape club. On top of all that, you're supposed to write a big report about tornadoes - and you know Mom and Dad will freak if you bring home a bad grade. Would you be tempted to save time with a little cutting and pasting from the web?

If you're like plenty of students, you would. It's a perfect storm out there for cheating: jam-packed after-school schedules, high expectations from parents and teachers, and technology just waiting to help kids make an end run around the rules. Studies show that by the time they graduate from high school, 80 to 85 percent of kids have cheated at least once, says Eric M. Anderman, Ph.D., a professor of educational psychology at Ohio State University in Columbus.

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  1. honest abe

    most kids are cheating because they're several grade levels below, extremely lazy (do we have to do all 5 problems???), and could care less about this learning and going to school thing. If your level is where it should be and you're cheating you either have extreme parents (sucks), or you're a lazy moron.

    January 18, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
    • Helen

      Wow. I hope you're not a teacher, honest abe.

      January 19, 2012 at 10:34 am |