Children First: High-Tech Cheating

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You won't find any laptops, PDA's or cell phones in the classrooms at Bowling Green High School.

Principal Gary Fields says, "I think the rational to not allow students to have cell phones or pagers are that it disrupts the school day."

But nowadays there's another reason not to have them in the classroom, cheating.

Fields says, "If a student wants to cheat- be it with a PDA, be it with a cell phone, or the age-old cheatsheet in their shoe or on their hands- those things are going to happen."

But students say teachers could monitor these devices to keep cheating from going on.

Amanda Hurt is a sophomore at BGHS. She says, "yeah, but during a test it's really hard. You can't just get out your cell phone so it's harder to cheat anyway."

Aric Johnson is also a sophomore. He says, "I think it's fine. I think that stuff has been created to help us. But I think the teacher should let us use it, but in a test situation, expect us to know it good enough that we don't need it."

And cell phones aren't the only devices that make it easy for students to cheat. Websites also make it easier for students to cheat. Offering papers to students on the Internet sometimes means cheating is just a click away.

Johnson says, "Everything's on the Internet. I mean, you can cheat really easy on that. I have before, I'm not gonna lie."

Fields says, "We've had to deal with some students who have done that. One thing we want to do is teach students there are consequences in high school, but if that happens to you at Western or another university that can mean your dismissal from the university."

Fields says he knows there's always a possibility students could cheat, but he says that's why schools have honor codes and if they violate the code by cheating there will be consequences.