Kia Ora, Welcome to KiVa New Zealand!
Adding to on-going international research, New Zealand's KiVa schools also show decreasing incidents in bullying and being bullied in our KiVa schools. This means there is an improvement The safety and wellbeing of these students is improved, but we need to do more.
Using KiVa - prevention, intervention, and monitoring
Prevention such as student lessons and online resources, 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).
Schools need effective tools when bullying comes is identified.
Intervention is targeted specifically to the children/young adults 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 change a culture where bullying is accepted.
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 KiVa implementation as well as shifts in behaviour.
KiVa is based on decades of research
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 an incident has been referred to the trained KiVa team.