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Children praised for being smart are more likely to cheat

Parents and teachers commonly use praise to reward children, but when used in the wrong way it can backfire, according to new research. 

A study found that children praised by their parents for being smart are more likely to cheat in tests.

The researchers claim that when children are praised for being smart, they feel pressure to perform well in order to live up to others' expectations, even if they need to cheat to do so.

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Children praised by their parents for being bright are more likely to cheat, new research has found. The researchers say that toddlers respond more healthily to praise for their performance than they do to being told they are clever (stock image)

Children praised by their parents for being bright are more likely to cheat, new research has found. The researchers say that toddlers respond more healthily to praise for their performance than they do to being told they are clever (stock image)

PRAISE AND CHEATING 

The researchers say that children respond better to praise for their performance than they do to being told they are clever. 

When children are praised for being smart, they feel pressure to perform well in order to live up to others' expectations.

Some children will cheat to live up to these expectations.

Praising a child's specific behaviour does not imply that the child is expected to always perform well, and so is less likely to promote cheating.

The research shows the importance of learning to praise in a way that does not promote dishonest behaviour, the researchers said.

Researchers from the University of Toronto found that toddlers respond more healthily to praise for their performance than they do to being told they are clever.

Praising a child's performance does not create an expectation that they always perform well, and so is less likely to promote cheating.

In the first of two studies,

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