The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) and Nuorten Akatemia youth association have co-produced two videos informing young people of their consumer rights and responsibilities, and different types of agreements.
Today, consumer skills are taught in connection with a range of school subjects. To assume better control of their everyday lives and finances, young people should learn the basic rules of trading and agreements. The growing popularity of mobile and online shopping involves a new set of rules, which consumers should be aware of.
The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) and Nuorten Akatemia youth association have co-produced two videos, in which young people talk about shopping and agreements using their own real-life experiences as examples. The objective is to encourage young people to become knowledgeable of and actively exercise their rights.
“The FCCA wants to offer materials that are relevant to young people and equip them to handle real-life situations. The best way to do this is by listening to young people, by hearing what they have to say,” says Taina Mäntylä, Senior Adviser at the FCCA.
“Working with young people and the FCCA was a rewarding experience. We strongly believe that the materials we produced will inspire discussions in the classrooms,” says Kaj Roering, Marketing Coordinator at Nuorten Akatemia.
The videos tell young people to remember that all purchases made in a shop, online or abroad involve certain rules, rights and responsibilities. If you sign an agreement, you can’t just cancel it if you change your mind. That’s why it is important to read the agreement carefully and pay attention to issues such as the final price and terms of the agreement.
The videos can be used as study materials in any lessons in which everyday skills are taught, but are particularly suitable for social studies and home economics. A supplementary study material package is also available at the FCCA website.