Cheating is when students purposely get answers to a test or homework without doing the work themselves. School cheating comes in many forms:
The consequences of cheating can be serious and have long lasting effects on self-esteem and achievement.
Many students cheat at least once, even though they know cheating is wrong. The most common excuses kids give for cheating include:
If your child cheats, ask him why. His answer can help guide your response and actions.
If your child cheats on a test or homework, the punishment may include failing the assignment or test. You may also want to temporarily take away a privilege such as TV, computer, or game time for younger children or take away cell phone or driving privileges from a teen. If your child continues to cheat, talk with a mental health professional. Getting help early may help avoid more serious problems later on.