2012 will bring major changes • the classification of audiovisual programmes is done only by special approved classifiers • classifier can be anybody who has successfully completed the audiovisual programme classifier training • also television programmes are classified, watershed times are still valid • interactive audiovisual programmes: the Pan-European Game Information age-rating system (PEGI) is applied. If game does not have PEGI rating it must be classified •Finnish Board of Film Classification will be renamed to MEKU ie. Finnish Centre for Media Education and Audiovisual Media
2012 will bring major changes •Meku supervises the activities of audiovisual programme classifiers, takes feedback from the audiences and can reclassify previously classified programme and focusses on coordinating media education activities in Finland. • new age limits, again
Finnish Age Ratings and Content Symbols for Audiovisual Media as of 2012 An audiovisual programme provider must ensure that an audiovisual programme with an age limit of 7, 12, 16 or 18 is not available for viewing by children younger than the age limit. For all ages (alternatively) S (in Finnish) T (in Swedish) According to the Finnish Act on Audiovisual Programmes (710/2011), if an audiovisual programme is detrimental to the development of children, it shall be classified with an age limit of 7, 12, 16 or 18, depending on the programme’s content, and be given a symbol that describes the programme content.
Sexual acts or references to sex. Finnish Age Ratings and Content Symbols for Audiovisual Media Depictions of violence. May frighten or cause anxiety. Use of drugs or alcohol. An audiovisual programme is considered to be detrimental to the development of children if the programme, by virtue of its violent or sexual content or its properties causing anxiety or any other comparable features, is likely to detrimentally affect children’s development. A programme can be publicly exhibited to a person at the most three years younger than the age limit of 7, 12 or 16 given to the programme if the child is accompanied by a person aged 18 or more.