While some students have returned to school, virtual learning is still a reality for many parents. And one sneaky son managed to scam his mom into believing he was hard at work - in a truly ingenious way.

Kids' education has been hugely disrupted this year.

With many children having unprecedented time off of school.

Teachers have been forced to work online.

Meaning kids are learning virtually more than ever before.

This is obviously a great way to safely learn.

But that's not to say there aren't downsides.

As one mom discovered this week...

When working from home alongside her 5-year-old son, she discovered a clever scam he'd managed to conceive...

She set up a webcam to check her son was getting on with his homework.

But he came up with a genius way around ...

Safe to say, the decision as to whether to reopen schools has been controversial.

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The move had divided opinion among parents and students.

Because schools make social distancing difficult.

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Causing coronavirus spikes across the world.

Despite the risks, some schools opened their doors again.

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Resulting in massive spikes in virus cases...

Many don't think schools should be opening.

And have taken to Twitter to express their views.

Some pointed this out.

There seems no way for the school system to deal with this.

And when you take this into account ...

It does all seem like a disaster waiting to happen.

Why are we so happy to ask teachers to volunteer their lives?

It boggles the mind.

To keep themselves safe, many are choosing virtual learning instead.

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Sure, it's not quite the same as being in school - but it's a great alternative.

However, there are some downsides to homeschooling ...

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As one mom discovered this week.

Laura Mazza thought she was "nailing parenting."

As she settled down to work from home, she set up a system allowing her to check on her 5-year-old son's progress...

"I put FaceTime on, so if Luca has a question when unsupervised, he can ask."

"I wanted him to feel trusted," she explained.

"I’d quickly pick up my phone and have a peek and it looked like he was listening."

But Mazza began to notice her son was sitting eerily still...

"I thought maybe he heard me say 'break time' and ran off quickly to go play and it was frozen."

"So, I went over and saw a rather odd little setup that looked like 2 iPads mating."

"He had his sister's iPad, propped up and situated perfectly in front of his iPad’s camera lens..."

"And what was on his sister's iPad you ask? A picture of him sitting at the desk looking slightly amused."

"And not just one picture - multiple pictures!"

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"The little sh*t put up a fake picture so it would look like he was sitting there, listening!"

This kid clearly doesn't need school - he's a genius already!

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