Cheating is commonly defined as when a person misleads, deceives, or acts dishonestly on purpose. Cheating comes in many forms:
One survey showed that 80% of students admitted to cheating at least once. Many educators believe that cheating has become an epidemic. In the age of school shootings and drug abuse, cheating is now seen as only a minor offense in comparison. However, the consequences of cheating can be serious and have long lasting effects on self esteem and achievement.
Most kids will tell you that they know cheating is wrong. While there is really no "good reason" for cheating, understanding why children cheat can help parents begin to help their kids make better choices. There are probably as many excuses for cheating as there are kids who cheat, but the following is a list of the most common excuses kids give for cheating:
The consequences of cheating can be hard to for a child to understand. Many times the perceived positives of cheating can seem to outweigh the negatives. It is very important to talk to your kids about cheating before it becomes a problem. Here are some messages to give your children:
If your child cheats on a test or homework, the punishment may include failing the assignment or test. You may also want to give your child a time-out or take away driving privileges from a teen. Punishments such as spanking or having your child wear a sign that says "I cheated" is not helpful. If your child continues to cheat, talk with a mental health professional. Getting help early may help avoid more serious problems later on.
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