Publications in English

The Department for Media Education and Audiovisual Media publishes educational and informative materials related to media education and classification of audiovisual programmes. All material is free of charge and available online. Some publications are available also in printed form.

Children & Media – a Handbook for Parents and Guardians

Today, the majority of information retrieval, learning, keeping in touch with people and entertainment takes place through media. Media plays a big part also in the lives of children. The Children & Media Handbook is a concise review of media as a part of family life, exploring the media content used by children and their meaning in everyday life. In addition, the various chapters include useful tips on how to discuss media use in your family and seek the best ways your family can enjoy media from day to day.

Children and Media (PDF)

Finnish Media Education – Promoting Media and Information Literacy in Finland

Take a look at how Finnish media education is promoted through national policies and in various organizations and projects. This material is aimed at promoting Finnish media education in an international context.

Finnish Media Education (PDF) 

The Game Educator's Handbook

The Game Educator's Handbook is intended as an aid for all types of game educators. The target group consists of parents, schools, libraries, youth organisations, and anyone with connections to children, adolescents or adults that play digital games. The aim is to provide expert information, based on research and experience, about what gaming and related phenomena are all about.

The Game Educator's Handbook (PDF)

Messages in a Bottle: Empathy Skills through Media Educaton

How are media and empathy connected? Do forms of media increase loneliness or communality? Can types of media be used to create more understanding between people? Messages in a Bottle studies media in particular in relation to access to information, listening, interaction, self-expression and involvement. Overarching themes include promoting wide-ranging competence in empathy and freedom of speech.

Messages in a Bottle (pdf)

Media Education and ICT in Kindergarten Teacher Education

Saara Pääjärvi (National Audiovisual Institute) and Pekka Mertala (University of Oulu), "Media Education and ICT in Kindergarten Teacher Education: a Study on Finnish University Level Training Programmes' Curricula," 2015.

Media Education and ICT in Kindergarten Teacher Education (pdf)

Why Media Education?

This leaflet illustrates in a simple fashion how media education can contribute to well-being in our societies.

Why Media Education? (pdf)

Explorers of the Media Map: media education material about media and emotions

In media culture, emotiona play a big part. Different media content, channels and situations make us laugh, bored, or angry – or touch our soul. The Explorers of the Media Map material contains information, an operation model, and exercises for the media education of small children. The operation model is based on children’s own experiences and media culture. Our aim is to develop media literacy and multiliteracy and to learn to recognise and be aware of the emotions evoked by media, as well as the means used to influence our emotions. This aim is realised, in part, by letting the children make their own media content.

Explorers of the Media Map, under 8 years old (PDF)
Explorers of the Media Map, 6 to 12 years old (PDF)
Explorers of the Media Map, over 12 years old (PDF)

Our kind of story: a guide for producing videos playfully in groups of small children

Smartphones and other devices suitable for recording videos have become common in young children’s homes and are commonly used by school children. It is fun to use videos to show familiar things to other children and grownups as well. The Our kind of story operation model is aimed at educators and instructors working with young children in day care centres, elementary schools and hobby groups.

Our kind of story (PDF)

Sex in the Media: Media Education Material for Teenagers

The material Sex in the Media is aimed at professionals working together with adolescents in the eight grade or older. The material consists of information, questions for discussions and assignments, and it covers three separate topics: sexual content in commercial media, gender representation, and pornography as sex education. The material is intended to be used together with this video.

Sex in the Media (PDF)

Digital Gold Miners: Information and activities regarding big data on the Internet

The information given by and collected from individual Internet users is cumulated into an enormous mass called big data. Analysing the information scattered across the Internet contains great possibilities, and it also raises many questions. This material can be used to give thought to your own role as a provider and user of information. The goal is to support active and responsible citizenship and offer tools for the management of information and life in the digital age.

Digital Gold Miners (PDF)

Did You Take the Clickbait? Information on online clickbait articles and ideas for exercises

This material contains information and exercises related to clickbait articles that are published online, how online journalism generates revenue, and the turmoil the news media is going through, a change that has been inflicted by digitalization, mobile units and social media. The aim is to strengthen critical media literacy by analysing news articles and by creating own content.

Did You Take the Clickbait? (PDF)

Media Education Research in Finland: A Literature Review

A review of Finnish research literature on media education, in particular academic theses and peer-reviewed articles in academic journals, mostly dating from 2007 to 2012.

Media Education Research in Finland: A Literature Review (PDF)