The online environment contains so much information that it can be tempting to ‘borrow’ from it, particularly where homework is concerned.
Plagiarism is the act of taking the work or idea of someone else and passing it off as your own. As well as being just bad form, plagiarism is a form of cheating which can have serious consequences at school, college or university.
What you can do:
- Encourage your child to ask their teachers if there are any specific websites they recommend viewing for particular pieces of work.
- Suggest that your child gets into the habit of recording the names and website addresses of sites they have used to help them with their homework.
- Encourage your child to think about what they have read online and then write their homework in their own words. This doesn’t mean ‘changing a few words around’. Instead they should write from their own perspective, based on their understanding of the issue.
- Ensure that if your child is using a direct quote or piece of information that they know how to reference it (i.e. record that they are using someone else’s work to help them make a point).