Frequently asked questions:

Q: What is the basic ideology behind the KiVa antibullying program?

A: Bullying is a group phenomenon. Thus, the main aim of the program is to prevent bullying before it happens by influencing the group norms and building capacity in all the children to behave in constructive ways, to take responsibility for not encouraging bullying, and to support the vulnerable peers. In addition to being preventive, KiVa is also interventive with clear guidelines to tackle bullying when it does take place.

Q: Can our school become a KiVa school?

At the moment KiVa can only be implemented in close cooperation with a Licensed KiVa Partner operating in a specific country or region. Unfortunately it is not possible to become a KiVa school if there is no KiVa partner available in your country or region. Countries and regions using KiVa can be found here.

Q: What costs are involved in becoming a Licensed KiVa Partner?

A: All prices are agreed upon through a licensing agreement. The costs include the right to use the KiVa trademark, distribute KiVa in a certain region, the training for the trainers, all KiVa materials including the KiVa games and online surveys as well as setting up of the infrastructure for the implementation of KiVa.

Q: What is a KiVa trainer and how do I become one?

A: A KiVa trainer is a certified trainer who is a member of a partner organization or collaborates with such an organization and is responsible for training teachers in schools implementing the KiVa program in the region. To become one, participation in the trainer course is required. The course is a four-day-course organized in Turku, Finland in January each year. Find more information about the training here.

Q: In which countries or regions is KiVa antibullying program already available?

A: At the moment the KiVa antibullying program is in use for example in Finland, the Netherlands, Estonia, the UK, Tuscany region in Italy, and Flanders region in Belgium. Furthermore, some school chains are using KiVa such as The European Schools. We are currently negotiating with several countries and KiVa antibullying program will soon be available in new continents as well. An updated list of countries and regions can be found here.

Q: What materials are included in KiVa?

A: KiVa consists of a great variety of materials. All materials are divided into three different age groups; Unit 1 for 6-9 year olds, Unit 2 for 10-12 year olds, and Unit 3 for 13-16 year olds. Each unit consists of materials for teachers, pupils and parents including teacher’s manuals, student lessons, parents’ guide, presentation graphics, video clips, online games as well as online monitoring tools.

Q: How long does it take to start the implementation of KiVa ?

A: Our experience has shown that in case no KiVa material exists in a certain language, the whole production process will take more or less one year. It is reasonable to allocate a full semester for the production of all material (including games, videos, manuals, presentations etc.) In case the material already exists in a certain language, the time frame for production is less. However, it is still recommended to reserve several months for marketing, as well as recruiting schools and training their personnel.

Q: How does KiVa involve parents?

A: At the beginning of the school year all the parents should be invited to the school and be informed about KiVa and how it works. KiVa school should maintain active communication with parents throughout the whole year. KiVa also provides a parents’ guide which is available online.

Q: Who owns the rights to the KiVa antibullying program?

A: The KiVa antibullying program is owned by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The University of Turku (together with its licensed partners) has an exclusive right to implement it outside of Finland. Partner organizations are granted the right to market, distribute, and sell KiVa products and use the knowledge related to the program for the purpose of implementing the program in the region specified by the partner licensing agreement.