Age Limits and Provision of Audiovisual Programmes
The Department for Media Education and Audiovisual Media (MEKU) of the National Audiovisual Institute (KAVI) maintains and develops the age limit criteria used in the classification of audiovisual programmes, trains audiovisual programme classifiers and supervises their work, and supervises the provision of audiovisual programmes under the Act on Audiovisual Programmes (710/2011).
Audiovisual programmes are
- television programmes
- digital games
- material used to market audiovisual programmes (trailers and television programme commercials)
- other content intended for viewing or playing as moving pictures through technical means
Video-sharing platform services established in Finland fall within the scope of the Act on Audiovisual Programmes to a limited extent.
The purpose of age limits set for films, television programmes and digital games is to warn viewers about content that may be harmful to the development of children. The age limits are based on the Act on Audiovisual Programmes and they are not at the discretion of such parties as television companies.
The classification of audiovisual programmes means the process in which an audiovisual programme is classified with an official age limit. The classification of audiovisual programmes is primarily the responsibility of the audiovisual programme classifiers trained and approved by the National Audiovisual Institute.
Supervision of the provision of audiovisual programmes means the official supervision of the provision of audiovisual programmes and video-sharing platform services. The National Audiovisual Institute supervises compliance with the Act on Audiovisual Programmes.
Provision of audiovisual programmes means
- public showing of audiovisual programmes outside home
- sales, rental, lending or distribution of audiovisual programmes
- making audiovisual programmes available to an audience through such media as the internet
- making audiovisual programmes available to an audience by other means (all means used to make audiovisual programmes available to an audience for viewing or playing)
- activities in which, in principle, anybody can view, play, purchase, rent or borrow audiovisual programmes
The Department prepares a supervision plan for four years at a time and the plan is updated on an annual basis.