Survey shows Teens Use Mobile Phones to Cheat

Technology has brought a lot of benefits to mankind. It made most of us more effective and efficient both in our professional and personal tasks. But as much as their are a lot of advantages , there are still those who are more innovative than others – like using technology in some other ways, the bad ways.

Common Sense Media in San Francisco USA recently released the results of a national poll on the use of digital media for cheating in school. The poll, conducted by The Benenson Strategy Group, revealed that more than 35% of teens admit to cheating with cell phones, and more than half admit to using the Internet to cheat. More importantly, many students don’t consider their actions to be cheating at all. The results highlight a real need for parents, educators, and leaders to start a national discussion on digital ethics.

Kids have always found ways to cheat, but the tools they have today are more powerful than ever. In this poll, kids reveal that they’re texting each other answers during tests, using notes and information stored on their cell phones during tests, and downloading papers from the Internet to turn in as their own work. Because the digital world is distant, hard to track, and mostly anonymous, kids are less likely to see the consequences of their online actions, especially when they feel they won’t get caught.

Common Sense Media is asking parents and educators to step in to help kids develop a set of guidelines to follow in the digital world and to understand that the rules of right and wrong in their offline lives also apply in their online lives. For parents, it’s important to understand and embrace the media their kids are using and have a frank discussion about cheating and its implications. Educators need to be hyper aware of the amount of hi-tech cheating happening in their schools, talk to students about it, and establish rules and consequences for the classroom that reflect the reality of our kids’ 24/7 media world.

Other key findings from the poll include:

– 41% of teens say that storing notes on a cell phone to access during a test is a serious cheating offense, while 23% don’t think it’s cheating at all.

– 45% of teens say that texting friends about answers during tests is a serious cheating offense, while 20% say it’s not cheating at all.

– 76% of parents say that cell phone cheating happens at their teens’ schools, but only 3% believe their own teen has ever used a cell phone to cheat.

– Nearly two-thirds of students with cell phones use them during school, regardless of school policies against it.

– Teens with cell phones send 440 text messages a week and 110 a week while in the classroom.

I did had my share of cheating during my school daysl Those little sheet of papers and writing of answers in our hands, shoes, chairs, tables and others. But now that we are parents, we should monitor our children’s digital activity. We should be aware that there are a lot of lurkers in the digital world waiting for their unsuspecting victim, which could be our child.

Schools can also help minimize this problem by disallowing mobile phones during examinations and by installing security filtering application on school computers.

To all the students out there, you have to realize that your parents are working so hard to bring your dreams come true. Cheating your way to graduation is not something you would want to give your parents as reward for their hardwork right? Study hard and pray regularly.

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