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‘Russians hacked my computer’, study says students using tech to blame for problems

Have this ever happened to you: Your working on a term paper. All of a sudden, a countdown appears on your screen. You have 60 seconds to save everything before your computer shuts down. What do you do?

It has happened to me and others have this similar experience as well. A new study from the United Kingdom that students are using technology-related excuses to blame for school work not being completed. Gone is ‘the dog ate my homework’; in is ‘the internet was down’

New research suggests the average British teacher now hears 15 different homework excuses every week.

Many attempt to pull the wool over teachers’ eyes by blaming modern gadgets that older staff members have failed to master, researchers said.

It comes as schools encourage pupils to complete more work on PCs and laptops – and store essays on specially designed school websites.

According to the study, the most common excuses for late homework include “the computer crashed”, “the internet was down”, “a printer failed to work” and “work was deleted by accident”.

From the study, these were the top 5 excuses that students used:

– My computer crashed and I lost it

– I finished my homework but then I deleted it by accident

– I could not print it out

– My internet was down so I could not do any research

– I lost my laptop.

My favorite excuse from the study was ‘My dad’s computer was hacked by the Russians and they stole my homework’.

I wonder when the ‘my homework was held for ransomware’ is going to be used.