How To Stop People From Cheating

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 2:52 PM CDT

Posted by Melissa Burlaga

School districts across the country are dealing with the fallout from teachers tampering with standardized test scores.

We're all under pressure to perform - adults and kids alike but cheating is wrong.

So why do we do it?

And how can we change?

Barbara Reyelts has more in this week's Connect with Kids report.

"Hi you tube, it's me, Kiki. Today I'm going to show you guys how to cheat on a test ... the effective way."

This video on you tube is a tutorial for cheating.

"I know it's not a good thing to cheat ... it's like academic dishonesty ... blah, blah, blah ... but you know, everyone, I think everyone has at least done it once."

Kids know it's wrong but still they do it ... Why?

"Sometimes the teacher doesn't give us enough time on our work and we run out of time."

"Students do it because they like don't really care and they just want to get it done so they can go play and stuff."

Pat says he cheated on a class assignment and his teacher saw the whole thing

"She looked down at my papers and asked me what I was doing- I looked up and I knew I was caught."

Detention, one-day suspension and a zero on the assignment, would he do it again?

"If I'm going to cheat - quote unquote cheat - I'll do that before I get into class instead of sitting right there in class where it's very noticeable."

Experts say parents need to help kids focus on internal rewards rather than constant praise and recognition from outsiders.

Whether it's academics or sports, scores aren't everything and they don't mean a thing if you've cheated.

"I suppose the best way to confront the problem in the long run is to really focus on the value of education. Just remove the desire to cheat. Because you're not gonna remove the means."

"Hopefully my teachers do not see this video, cause that would be very awkward."