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Canadian Police Hand Out Positive Tickets


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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • positive reinforcement: praise for doing something good
  • criticism: negative feedback
  • fine: money you have to pay for breaking a law or rule
  • leave a lasting impression: cause one to remember something for a long time

Canadian Police Hand Out Positive Tickets

Children and youth in Canada sometimes receive tickets for good behaviour. The behind the Positive Ticketing Program is that young people are more likely to respond to positive reinforcement than criticism. Local police hand out tickets for things such as picking up garbage, wearing a bike helmet, or crossing the street in a safe manner. Rather than fines for bad , these kids receive coupons, , and certificates. The kids are also praised for being positive role models in their . Having a positive first encounter with a police officer can leave a lasting impression on a child.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the theory behind the positive ticketing program?
  2. What are some examples of good behaviour that Canadian police reward kids for?
  3. Why is this a forward-thinking initiative?

Discussion Questions: What can parents learn from this police program?

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