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Kids See Hi-Tech Cheating As O.K.

Cheating's been around for generations, but children today have high-tech help to skirt the rules.

And many kids apparently don't see anything wrong with it.

According to a new national survey by the nonpartisan, nonprofit group Common Sense Media of middle and high school students, more than one-in-three teens admits to using a cell phone at least once to cheat, and more than half say they've cheated using the Internet.

And the poll, commissioned by the Benenson Strategy Group, found almost one-in-four students don't think using cell phones and the Web constitutes cheating at all.

"These forms of communication are decidedly less personal," James Stever, CEO and founder of Common Sense Media said Thursday on The Early Show. "And as a result, we have to have a new conversation about what we mean about cheating."

And parents are in the dark about their kids' cheating, according to study results. With 76 percent of polled parents saying they thought cheating with cell phones happens in their kid's school, only three percent believed their child has ever cheated.

CBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace asked high school seniors in Ridgewood, N.J., if they saw someone cheating by cell phone. Many indicated they had.

One student said students can text each other messages during a test, while another student said some classmates take pictures of their tests with their camera's phone and send the snapshots to other students.

But even when cell phones are banned in some schools, one student at the New Jersey school said high-tech cheating is still possible with the Internet, which is available in school libraries and computer labs.

Wallace said convincing kids that this is cheating may be the only way to stop it.



To read Kelly Wallace's thoughts on the high-tech cheating, click here.

To see the complete poll, click here.

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