With the punishments that people have now when they cheat is like a slap on the wrist. They need to learn that it's not fair to the person who either studied hard or didn't study at all. They need to learn that if they cheat there will be serious punishment not just a slap on the wrist and a don't do it again. ""I will not lie, cheat or steal." Most thought it was a great idea, but they didn't think the pledge would change anything." (Duff, Victor. July 17, 2012. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jul/17/opinion/la-oe-dorff-cheating-20120717
I think that some of the ways kids have come up with ways to cheat are genius and deserve some level of congratulations for their critical thinking solutions for the problem at hand, there is no way kids deserve to be punished even more because kids stress out enough as it is, sure people worked hard and studied hard, but cheating is a way of using your resources and surroundings to achieve a common goal.
There should be harsher rules for cheating. Punishment should be raised to the max when dealing with cheaters because it is unfair and the equivalent of stealing. People need to understand that what they are doing isn't okay and that if you go through life cheating your way out of everything you will either end up in jail or on the streets because nobody wants to accept a cheater into their lives to mooch off their ideas.