The aim of this research paper is to take a look at the growing phenomenon of network privacy issues faced by adolescents in Pakistan. Since we are now living in a world where social media interaction is fast becoming the norm over physical social gatherings, Pakistani adults are increasingly becoming aware of the role played by social media in the lives of their children, siblings and cousins, and how it affects their lives. Hence, the older generation feels that to keep an eye on the youngsters, they need to become a part of social media. Issues arise when the older generation tries to impose cultural norms and values of Pakistani culture onto the internet and social media. As social media becomes an entity of its own, not easily understood or controllable, it is often not possible for the youth to implement their moral principles which they have learnt in real life, onto their virtual lives. In Pakistan, along with fears of their children coming into contact with inappropriate content, or talking to strangers, parental/guardian concerns mostly lie in the type of content which their children are putting out, and whether or not it is safe and appropriate for them to be doing so in Pakistani society. In this research paper, I have investigated how the average Pakistani adolescent deals with the balancing act of being a global citizen on the internet while simultaneously remaining true to their cultural heritage.

Student Creator:

Shayaan Aijaz