“Cybercheating” in Academics
""Plagiarism"" is the act of presenting someone else’s ideas or work as your own, without attribution, according to the Pearson dictionary. The integration of technology in classroom settings and homework assignments is assisting in growing the plagiarism epidemic. As endless amounts of information are at students disposal, the temptation to cheat is getting harder to deprive oneself of. The creation of websites where you can pay money for term papers or enter chat rooms with others to swap science projects or math test answers only adds to this issue, and leaves students with little reason to resist.
Development of Cheating
Cheating has become significantly more prevalent in schools. It was shown that 50 years ago, only 1 in 5 college students admitted to having cheated in high school. Today, anywhere from 75 to 98 percent of students have. As technology becomes a central source of information and socialization in kids lives, children begin committing illegal acts pertaining to academic values at a younger age. 64.1% of children ages 6 to 11 have computers at home, and 24.7% of them are using the Internet. The deterioration of ethics in academic integrity and honesty seems to be closely related to the Internet, and this correlation is driving the cheating phenomena out of control.