According to Eric Anderman, Professor of Educational Psychology at The Ohio State University and co-editor of the book Psychology of Academic Cheating, the trick is to diminish the motivations that drive cheating in the first place.
"Kids cheat when they become stressed," explains Anderman
, who says that as the pressure to get good grades and high test scores increases, so does the incidence of cheating.
says that although children who cheat in school do not fit any defined profile, they're usually students "who are much more focused on getting good grades and extrinsically motivated rather than intrinsically motivated by a desire to learn."
That means that the more pressure students feel, the more likely they are to resort to cheating.
And although pen-and-paper notes and other familiar methods are still very much in use, cell phones and PDAs have opened up new opportunities for students gunning for top grades.
"Obviously with more technology there are more methods kids use to cheat," says Anderman
"One of the most important things parents can do is talk to kids about how they are feeling academically and whether they are feeling stressed," says Anderman
Opening up a dialogue about tough classes does more than inform you about where your child is struggling: he'll know that you're on his
side when it comes to that killer math test or demanding paper, and be more likely to come to you with problems rather then dealing with them the wrong way.