Mum Catches Six-Year-Old Boy Using Alexa To Cheat On His Homework

Your time at school represents the the best days of your life, so they say. Mind you, anyone who says this is most likely to be reflecting on a long-forgotten past, peering through rose-tinted spectacles at a time when they weren't subject to the drudgery of 9-5, they could eat pizza without getting heartburn, and they could sit down in a chair without making a horrendous grunting noise.

Mind you, we can all surely agree on one thing: the awfulness of homework. Which is exactly what the little boy in this video seems to have been thinking when he decided to use Amazon's Alexa device to help him out with his maths.

Last week, 24-year-old Yerelyn Cueva, from New Jersey, US, posted a video to Twitter of her six-year-old son Jariel sitting down to do his maths homework

However, it soon becomes clear that all is not as innocent as it seems, as the youngster then asks the Amazon Echo: "Alexa, what's five minus three?"

In fairness, Alexa proves herself to be a dab hand at primary school arithmetic, providing the right answer (it's two, if you're really struggling) before Yerelyn bursts into the room, presumably to put a stop to all this nonsense.

The tweet has received more than 8.28 million views, and was captioned: "Lmfao should i whoop him now or later."

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In my eyes, Jariel should be hailed as a champion of the can-do-(if-I-can-be-bothered) spirit of the truly lazy - a man after my own heart - but maybe that's not how everyone sees it.

"It was just any regular day of doing homework," Yerelyn told the New York Post.

"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.'"

She added: "The funny thing is that math is actually his favorite subject. I was surprised because he knows this stuff. He was just being lazy. Taking a shortcut."

And how!

So whether you're still suffering through school while dreaming of a future time when you can take off a blazer without having to ask permission first, or fondly reminiscing about your school life while gingerly forgetting that time you spilled paint on your kecks and had to spend the rest of the day in your gym shorts, we can surely all agree that the tyranny of homework is an awful thing.

So very nearly the perfect crime. We salute you, Jariel. Better luck next time.

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Will Fitzpatrick

Will Fitzpatrick is a Subeditor at LADbible. Will graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BA in English Language and Literature, and has previously worked as music editor at The Skinny North. He has written for a variety of publications including Clash, The Fly, The Line of Best Fit and Razorcake.

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