Point Loma Nazarene’s Internet Restrictions Stunt Student’s Growth

by on March 26, 2018 · 5 comments

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by Parker Monroe / LomaBeat.com / March 25, 2018

To start this piece off crystal clear, I’d like to say that PLNU should not be allowed to regulate our internet use. This is not communist China, and we as students are not infantile children too young to make rational decisions. We are legal adults living, in most cases, away from our parents. The consequences of our actions are our own responsibility.

Not to mention privacy concerns.

Then there’s the way the school blocks some websites incorrectly or without good reason. This leaves us with no way to reach irreplaceable sites that we need to access. Besides all this, there is the basic psychological theory–treat an individual a certain way and they will conform to your opinion of them.

Coming into college is an important time for students. It is a time of learning and self-discovery. But when someone is holding your hand along the way, it is nearly impossible to grow. In fact, your growth is stunted and you are put at a disadvantage against those who were not guided every step of the way. As adults we need the chance to learn from our mistakes and not be hemmed into a box.

Internet regulation is just a small piece of the big picture. If PLNU treats students like children, then that is how they will act. Not such a fun idea, is it?

As a student at Point Loma, I fall under the same regulations as everyone else. The only difference is that I value my privacy seriously enough to do something about it. “Virtual private networks” practically guarantee you cyber security. Along with keeping your digital footprint to a minimum for those more paranoid, they circumvent search parameters like those of Loma’s.

I urge everyone at PLNU to invest in a VPN. Privacy is a serious thing and in a world where more and more information is becoming accessible, you have to aggressively take back your right to privacy.

Aside from all this philosophical and moral lingo, there is the more practical matter of accessing blocked websites that we need to reach. One such example is Ticketmaster. While this may not be a life-defining website, it is very important to many of our music lovers. People who want to see their favorite artist, or are always searching the web for cheap tickets, are currently blocked from going on one of the biggest websites for such information and merchandise.

This is just one example. I am sure you, the reader, have at least one of your own. That combined with the rest of the school population creates a lot of unhappy customers–we pay too much to be here to be unhappy customers.

Parker Monroe is a junior majoring in international business.

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Chris March 26, 2018 at 5:17 pm

Ya know, PLNU is what it is and you know that when you chose to enroll there. I’m not disagreeing with your point specifically but why did you choose to go there? It’s like choosing BYU and then complaining about there rules (even non Mormon students have to abide).

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Dr. Jack Hammer March 26, 2018 at 7:39 pm

Pretty simple bud… it’s a private school. They can do what they want. I bet some parents love it because it gives them the sense that little Johnny and Suzi are visiting wholesome websites and not those of the devil. That way, they can rest their little born again heads on their pillows at night.

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Rufus March 26, 2018 at 10:21 pm

Hey Parker:

Nobody likes a whiner. Figure out a work-around. Buy a hot spot for your computer or use your smart phone, or wander down the public library and use their computer or wifi. Hell, hack the wifi of one of the houses around the university!

Good lord man, be a problem solver, not a complainer.

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Jubus Gangry March 26, 2018 at 11:36 pm

Hey Rufus. you sound like a real intellectual. First off, you spelled “WEINER” wrong. secondly, I don’t think you read the whole article. Frankly neither did I, but you don’t need to be a genis to know what a VPN is; Its a HOTSPOT you dangus.

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Geoff Page March 29, 2018 at 11:18 am

Doesn’t look like you read Parker’s article all the way through, Rufus, he did solve the problem with a VPN. But, that issue aside, why attack the guy and call him a whiner? Just because someone points out a problem, that doesn’t make them a whiner. He’s providing information for the other students and maybe even some food for thought for the university. And, he is young, so cut him some slack, did you have nothing better to do for a few minutes than this response?

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