Welcome to KiVa school!

KiVa is a research-based antibullying program that has been developed in the University of Turku, Finland, with funding from the Ministry of Education and Culture. The effectiveness of KiVa has been shown in a large randomized controlled trial. In Finland, KiVa is a sought-after program: 90 % of all comprehensive schools in the country are registered KiVa schools implementing the program.

The Components of KiVa

The KiVa program involves both universal and indicated actions to prevent bullying and to tackle cases of bullying coming to attention.

The universal actions are targeted at all students in a school. They refer to efforts made to influence the group norms and to build capacity in all children to behave in constructive ways, to take responsibility for not encouraging bullying, and to support the victims.

 

Experience-based learning during KiVa student lessons.
Experience-based learning during KiVa student lessons.
 
Each particular case is handled in a series of individual and group discussions.
The indicated actions take place when bullying has come to the attention of school personnel. Each particular 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 victimized classmate.

 

KiVa is not meant to be a one-year project, but a permanent part of the school’s antibullying work.