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Anyone who’s anyone knows you can’t get through school without a teensy bit of cheating here and there.
Whether it’s sneaking a glimpse at a classmate’s paper in an exam, copying someone’s homework, or writing answers on your arm instead of revising, it doesn’t matter.
The point is, children and teenagers have been cheating for decades, if not centuries. But now it seems they’re getting more innovative with their ideas, as one boy has been caught using Alexa to cheat on his homework.
Six-year-old Jariel was caught using the device to cheat on his maths homework by his mum, Yerelyn Cueva, 24.
The New Jersey mum filmed her son sitting at their kitchen table while doing his maths homework, after hearing him ask Alexa for help.
She started filming just as the six-year-old turned to the device and said, ‘Alexa, what’s five minus three?’ to which she quickly responded with the correct answer and Jariel begins to write his answer down.
Hilariously, the video – which was posted to Yerelyn’s Twitter page on December 20 – then shows the mum bursting into the room and shouting, ‘booooy’ to let her son know that he’s been caught in the act.
She captioned the video:
Lmfao should i whoop him now or later
The video went viral and at the time of writing (December 28) has received more than 8.3 million views – a number which is growing fast.
People responded to the tweet in their thousands, hailing the young boy for his ‘genius’ way of thinking and referring to him as a legend.
Which, let’s face it, he is. He’s only six and he’s already figured out an easy way to do his homework. Who can blame him, really.
One person wrote:
Tell him what he did is wrong but give him a cookie for being smart as shit that’s a true finesser
While another said:
This kid is going places! Give him a cookie! The kid is asking for assistance when he needs it. He is utilizing his resources and he is working smarter not harder. What more can one ask for!
And another wrote:
He’s learning to finesse young asf which is good… life and especially school is all about finessing … I applaud him
Despite the praise Jariel’s received online, his mum wasn’t as impressed with his cheating and couldn’t believe what she was seeing.
In an interview with the New York Post, Yerelyn said:
It was just any regular day of doing homework. I’m in the living room, and I overheard him asking Alexa some math problems, and I could not believe it!
What you don’t see is after he says, ‘Thank you, Alexa, for helping me with my homework.’
The mum said Alexa was only in their Paterson home for one week, before she caught the cheeky six-year-old making the most of its knowledge for his first-grade homework assignment.
The funny thing is that math is actually his favourite subject. I was surprised because he knows this stuff. He was just being lazy. Taking a shortcut.
Well, if there are any parents out there I’d be advising you to hide your Alexa’s – or at least turn them off while your little ones are doing their homework!
Top thinking by Jariel though.
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