Thursday, August 26, 2010

Teen Cheating in the 21st Century - High Tech Society

School is open in St. Johns County, homework is starting and exams will soon follow.  High-tech cheating is a concern for both teachers and parents.  Cheating has been an issue for years, however with the latest technology of gadgets teens are carrying, cheating can be much easier now.

An edition of the Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth, a comprehensive national survey on the ethics of young people administered by The Josephson Institute of Ethics showed the following concerning high school students:
  • Nearly two-thirds (71%) admit they cheated on an exam at least once in the past 12 months (45% said they did so two or more times)
  •  Almost all (92%) lied to their parents in the past 12 months (79% said they did so two or more times)
  • Over two-thirds (78%) lied to a teacher (58% two or more times)
  • Over one-quarter (27%) said they would lie to get a job
  • 40% of males and 30% of females say they stole something from a store in the past 12 months
How are teachers combating these staggering numbers?  Some are turning to a website called TurnItIn which can help prevent plagiarism.  TurnItIn2 is coming on September 4th, 2010.

Parents need to speak with their teens about the consequences of cheating.  Cheating isn't the answer when you are struggling with a subject.  Offer your teen the extra academic help they may need.  Teach them that character counts and cheating only decreases your chances of a sound and bright future.

Learn more about Character Counts Week coming in October, click here.  Register today and be an educated parent.  Give your teen the boost they need and encourage them to learn all they can learn and when they have difficulties, there are people here to help.

Sources: Connect with Kids, Readers Digest, Josephson Institute of Ethics

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