Cheating can be a difficult and confusing issue for young people. This video aims at helping students recognize and understand different forms of cheating in schools. It also provides alternative responses and behaviors for students who feel pressured to cheat for grades or friendship.
First section of the presentation deals with identifying different types of cheating--along with the pressures involved and the resultant consequences. The second part focues on plagiarism. An older sister character is the program host of Cheating Yourself. She provides definitions, explanations and insights based on her own experiences.
Scenarios throughout the program depict students faced with parental pressure for good grades--and peer pressure to copy. Girls and boys are presented struggling with questions about fairness, justice, friendship and relationships. The plagiarism sections deals with: forgetting citations, copying college essays, buying research papers, and the possible consequences of plagiarism.
The video includes breaks for discussion or activities. Cheating Yourself is appropriate in English, social studies, research, orientation, health or guidance classes.
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