Cheating has come to a New Level

Essay by WHITNERUniversity, Bachelor's December 2008

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AbstractEveryday, new technology is exposed and put to use in different areas of everyone's lives. The younger generation uses technology and is more fluent in the new advances that become available. Beginning in High School and continuing through college, students use different types of technology to copy, share and cheat with assignments and tests. Instructors of these classes seldom catch people who cheat, and are constantly trying to find new ways to deter the cheating. This is a very difficult thing to do being as what is new today is old tomorrow.

Cheating has Come to a New LevelWith the growing use of technology in our home and professional lives, some students have begun utilizing technology to cheat. It has been documented that as early as high school, children are more often caught using electronic devices to either locate or share answers to tests with friends then the 'old' forms of cheating through passing notes in class or whispering answers to each other.

In other cases, often with more serious consequences, some college students have gone as far as download papers from the Internet to pass off as their own work.

In the following paragraphs, we will discuss the definition of plagiarism; attempt to explain why it happens, and what can be done about it. Then, we will discuss some examples of using technology to cheat such as sending text messages from cell phones and using the Internet to either knowingly or unknowingly commit plagiarism.

Finally, we will analyze how some teachers are implementing new ways to detect, as well as stop, this behavior and how parents can ensure that their students understand the seriousness of plagiarism.

There is a belief that there is a good deal of cheating in most college classes that seems to be widely accepted. As...