Kia Ora, Welcome to KiVa New Zealand!
We now have New Zealand research that reports decreasing incidents in bullying and being bullied in our KiVa schools. This means there is already an improvement in the safety and wellbeing of many of our students.
The need for action is urgent, New Zealand's bullying statistics, and what can happen when bullying is not addressed, are upsetting. Because this is a New Zealand problem and an issue for all schools taking a preventative approach is the key.
Using KiVa - prevention, intervention, and monitoring
KiVa is evidence-based and has been designed to prevent bullying and to tackle cases of bullying effectively. Prevention and intervention are both crucial, as no prevention efforts will make bullying disappear on their own.
Prevention such as student lessons and online games, is directed at all students with a focus on changing the role of the bystanders. There are direct links to the New Zealand Curriculum (NZC), KiVa will enhance your school activities and the delivery of your school-based curriculum.
Schools need effective tools when a case of bullying comes to light.
Intervention is used when a bullying case is identified. It is targeted specifically to the children/adolescents who have been involved in bullying as perpetrators or victims, as well as to several classmates who are challenged to support the victim. The aim is to put an end to bullying.
Monitoring of the situation in one’s school and the changes taking place over time is a key aspect of KiVa. The surveys, for example, produce annual feedback for each school about their implementation of the program as well as shifts in behaviour.
KiVa is based on decades of research on bullying and its mechanisms
KiVa was developed at the University of Turku in Finland, with funding from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. Its developers are experts who have been studying the phenomenon of bullying and its mechanisms for decades. KiVa has been trialled, evaluated, and is regularly monitored through research. The team is led by PhD, Professor Christina Salmivalli and PhD, Special Researcher Elisa Poskiparta.
KiVa and its logo are Registered Trademarks of the University of Turku in Finland. Accent Learning is the Official License Partner for New Zealand.
Intervention takes place when bullying has come to the attention of school personnel. Each case is handled in a series of individual and group discussions between the school’s KiVa team and the students involved. Several prosocial peers of the victim are challenged to provide support for the victimised classmate. We want to do the KiVa Team out of a job!