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Plagiarism is a theft. It means that you stole someone's identity, someone's thoughts. It's horrible. We should teach our young generation not to be thieves and avoid plagiarism.
But theft it's not the biggest problem. As educator and psychologist I did a range of anonymous tests and I found that the most common reason of plagiarizing is fear.
Fear of being incorrect.
Fear of being not accepted in college or university.
Fear to show their own feelings and personal opinion.
Psychological pressure from family.
Students don't feel teacher's support, sometimes they are afraid their teachers.
Lack of motivation.
Students plagiarize in case they are stressed out and panicked.
Or the simpliest reason - the subject isn't interesting.
/How to teach our students avoid plagiarism without intimidation? By motivating. How to inspire them? How to make them believe in themselves?
I think that schools, colleges and universities should use plagiarism checkers and make free access for students. Nowadays we know a lot of plag detectors, suc as PlagScan, CopyScan, Copyleaks, Plagskan, Plagium, Grammarly, Turnitin and so on. We prefer Unicheck that provides you with real-time reporting. But anyway such detection tools make the process of defining plagiarism easier.