When I was in school, the kids who got busted for cheating on tests usually had smeared writing all over the insides of their hands. In this era, cheating is much neater — and, potentially, much easier.
It’s also quite pervasive, according to a new report by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that advocates a safe and sane use of media and entertainment.
Here are the key findings from a recent poll:
• 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.
You can find the whole report here. Does any of this surprise you? Teachers: Do you confiscate cell phones before tests? How often do you catch students texting answers to each other?
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