U.S. teens think they are savvy about cybersecurity — so much that nearly one-third skirt school safeguards to access banned content and 29 percent admit to using tech devices to cheat in school — but more than twice that many say they know of classmates who have cheated with devices.
Those are the results of a recent survey by the Santa Clara-based computer security firm McAfee. The proportion is in line with a 2009 survey by Common Sense Media — although the exact extent of cheating, and whether it’s changed over the years, is unknown.
It’s easy, students say, to take a cell-phone photo of notes or test answers, then peek at it surreptitiously while taking a test. At the same time, they note, vigilant teachers notice those wayward glances.