High-Tech Cheating and How to Stop It

How Parents Can Clamp Down

Your children need constant guidance and support to keep them from cheating. Education experts have this advice:

  • Ask school administrators to create ways for kids to identify cheaters anonymously so they don't fear retaliation from others.
  • Read your teens' essays to make sure that they're original. Check the computer history to see if your kids are using Web sites that sell written papers, and confront them if they are.
  • Talk to your kids about the importance of ethical behavior and how cheating will hurt them in the long term. Point out negative examples when you see them and explain the consequences those people will suffer.
  • Help manage your teens' schedules so they have time to write papers and prep for exams. Then they won't feel the need to cheat.
  • Stop and ask yourself whether you're putting too much pressure on your children to succeed at school. Explain to your kids that ambition is fine, but honesty and integrity are more important than academic success achieved through deceit.
  • To reduce plagiarism, demand that your school include lessons on proper paraphrasing and how to cite Internet sources.
  • Ask teachers to develop multiple versions of tests to deter students from sharing answers via text messaging.

Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the April 2007 issue of Family Circle magazine.

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