Surprise! Smartphones used for cheating in school

Surprise! Smartphones used for cheating in school
A survey by Common Sense Media reveals interesting facts about cell phone usage at educational institutions throughout the US. Teens aren´t using their devices to just type away messages.  It seems handsets come in pretty handy at school work or for sending over snapshots of exam papers to friends. 

Almost 65% of polled teens said they had heard or seen classmates use cell phones to cheat at exams. The study also shows that basic tactics include storing notes, exchanging text messages and pictures or more progressive use of smartphone technologies to directly look for answers on the Internet. We guess the all comfy universal search function of the Palm Pre must look like the school equivalent of divine intervention to troubled exam takers.

However, almost half of all surveyed teens (46%) don´t consider sending answers as cheating, but rather claim this is helping friends in need (isn´t this just what the Bible tells?). Only 16% admit this actually means breaking of school rules, which along with the fact that teens tend to ignore school restrictions imposed on cell phone usage can hardly surprise us. What we consider even more fascinating is the particular stand parents seem to take on the matter. According to Common Sense Media, they do believe that cell phones are being used for cheating, but they refuse to admit their own kids would do such a thing.

source: PHYSORG

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18 Comments

1. PL007

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 09, 2009

No parent wants think their kids are cheating. I am sure schools are aware of this but what can they do? Do schools install devices that disable cell phones like Hospitals during test times?

2. bigfanboyred

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 17, 2009

hospitals, that i know dont have disabling devices. doctors have pagers but also use their cell phones. were i work, people with iphones lose their signals- i have vzw, & i have evdo all bars...

4. LGVX1993

Posts: 260; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

I know they shut off cell signals in the radiology departments so you don't interfere with the tests

11. bigfanboyred

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 17, 2009

dont work in radiology- on the floor... wasnt aware.

16. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

iPhone has nothing to do with this article

3. Tauttviss

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 24, 2008

Not surprised, in my school its the same

5. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

The only thing I could see though is if you have another Columbine situation and the phones are shut down and noone can call out incase of emergency...Just a thought, but I didnt have a cell phone in school and I dont think the future of our world should be filled with techno cheaters...

6. vzwcody

Posts: 14; Member since: May 22, 2009

The highschool I went to had disruptors down every hall. The only place you had signal was the lobby outside of the office, or in the parking lot. Wasn't ever really an issue, and if an emergency call had to be made, the people responsible (The office workers were designated.) could take two steps out the door and make a call.

7. instinct75

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 06, 2009

i always be cheatin wit my phone

8. attsucks

Posts: 139; Member since: Mar 24, 2009

Do you feel special? I think someone needs to quit cheating and learn how to spell.

10. jrg11

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

apparently not in english class...

12. yourmom07

Posts: 66; Member since: Apr 07, 2009

this is the future of america?? i better pull out my rosetta stone and passport

15. attsucks

Posts: 139; Member since: Mar 24, 2009

Nice.

9. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

nothing new in my school....come on, its 8th grade, everyone has a phone in my class (almost haha :] ) no one ever gets caught, and teachers are so oblivions not saying i cheat.... but definitely others.............:(

13. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i think having a cell phone in school is NOT disruptive...it's more disruptive/annoying if the teacher says "put the phone away" then everyone looks at you..the teacher should ignore it, if you want to text and not pay attention for two seconds it's your responsibility. :-)

17. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

That's so right. If someone is not paying attention, teachers should just leave them and let them fail the tests. It's the teachers responsibility to go over the material and not baby-sit the students.

14. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i think teachers need to incorporate cell phone technology in the class room... like if a department were to purchase a PSMS short code and incorporate texting when you are finished with the reading or the first one to text the correct answer wins... something like that.. a cell phone can be vital to education is used properly.

18. tmofanboy432

Posts: 139; Member since: Jan 12, 2009

lmao i had a exam today and my phone fell out of my pocket i was so scared but i wasnt txtin or nothing

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