One-In-Four Canadian Students Cheat Using Mobile Devices: McAfee

A new McAfee survey of Canadian students found one-in-four respondents cheat using mobile devices, and girls more often reported being cyberbullied than boys. High school students between the ages of 14 and 18 participated in the online questionnaire between June 28 and July 5.

Here’s some highlights:

Internet connected devices at school

  • 82% of the students spend at least one hour per day using an internet connected device during school hours for school-specific work
    • One out of five of the students (22%) do so for even 5 hours or more
  • 73% of the students think that their school takes the necessary steps to ensure the school-owned devices they use are protected from cyber threats
    • 6% think their school doesn’t take the necessary steps, and 22% don’t know

Cybersecurity education/guidelines from school

  • 78% of the students have been provided with cybersecurity education/guidelines from school before they were allowed to access school-owned connected devices
    • 34% get regularly education/guidelines throughout the year
    • 32% received instructions only once before they started using connected devices
    • 12% state that their teacher tried to talk about staying safe online but that the student knew more about cyber security that the teacher
  • 22% didn’t get any cybersecurity education/guidelines before allowed access to access school-owned connected devices

Cybersecurity education/guidelines from parents

  • Slightly more than one third of the parents (36%) regularly talk with their (14-18 year old) children about how to stay safe
    • 13% of the 16-18 year old children have never talked with their parents about how to stay safe online


  • 18% of the 14-18 year old children stated to have been cyberbullied
  • Females get cyberbullied more often (21%) than in males (14%)
  • Facebook (58%), Instagram (37%) and Snapchat (28%) are mostly used for cyberbullying
  • 40% of the children 14-18 have experienced or seen cyberbullying before 9th grade
  • Most children (69%) would feel comfortable talking to a teacher, coach or school administrator if they had been cyberbullied
    • 16-18 year old females are least comfortable talking to someone of school (66%)
  • More than half of the student (52%) feel that teachers and school openly discuss cyber bullying and are trying to prevent it
    • 26% feel that school openly discuss it but are not trying to prevent it
    • 10% feel that school neither discusses nor tries to prevent it
    • 12% think that school wouldn’t know how to prevent it
  • More than one third of the students (35%) feel that cyber bullies aren’t being reprimanded or disciplined enough
    • Especially the girls feel that cyber bullies don’t get in much trouble at all (39% of the females feel that way versus 30% of the males)

Access to social media sites

  • 23% of the students successfully tried to get around the cyber restrictions put in place by school to get access to banned content
  • More than half (63%) of the students were able to access any (30%), or some (33%) social media sites on school-owned connected devices
  • Most visited social media websites, using school-owned connected devices in the classroom, are YouTube (63%), Facebook or Facebook Messenger (56%) and Instagram (40%)
    • Followed by Twitter (31%) and Snapchat (27%)

Cheat with connected devices

  • One out of four (25%) students admit to have used a connected device in the classroom to cheat on an exam, quiz, project, or other assignment
    • Most did so with a personal-owned device (16%), others with a school-owned device (5%).
    • Some did with both (4%).
  • 44% claim to have seen or heard of another student using a connected device in the classroom to cheat on an exam, quiz, project or other assignment

About this study

  • In June – July 2017 McAfee LLC. conducted a study about going back to school.
  • In multiple countries almost 4,000 high school students (9th till 12th grade) within the age of 14 – 18 years participated in the study.
  • This study reflects the answers of 500 people in CANADA.

McAfee’s Gary Davis has also written a blog highlighting top takeaways from the global results.


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