L-M graduate appears in Morningside College play
Andrew Gerodias, son of Ellen Gerodias, Laurens, and Roland Gerodias, Storm Lake, is a member of the cast for the upcoming Morningside College children's musical theatre production of "Hansel and Gretel."
Gerodias, a freshman at Morningside College, will play the role of Hansel. He is a 2007 graduate of Laurens-Marathon High School.
Performances are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13-14, at Klinger-Neal Theatre, 3700 Peters Ave., Sioux City. Show times are 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. The performances are sponsored by Morningside's Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS).
Tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for students. Reservations are not required but can be made by calling (712) 274-5196.
Approximately 2,400 students and teachers from area pre-schools and elementary schools will attend special weekly performances of the play.
Morningside's theatre department produces four plays a year, including its fall and spring children's plays, which have entertained more than 39,750 elementary students and their teachers since 1987.
Internet not a safe haven for children
As technology continues to advance, education expands beyond the physical classroom at school and into the virtual classroom at home on the Internet.
Spending more time using the computer often means spending more time online for students. As any parent knows, this can prove dangerous if kids aren't properly supervised. By now, many parents have either seen or are familiar with the NBC program "Dateline: To Catch a Predator." On the show, online sexual predators are coaxed out of the anonymity of the Internet and into what they think is a child's home. These online predators often have plans to sexually assault the children they contact. For parents, the show is an eye-opening nightmare, as the program routinely changes communities, only to reveal dozens of online predators at each stop along the way.
Parents can take the following steps and be vigilant in enforcing them to keep their children safer online.
* Keep younger kids out of chat rooms entirely: Children of a certain age have no business being in chat rooms. Child-safety advocates suggest keeping children 8 years old or younger out of chat rooms entirely. If a child says their homework requires going into a chat room, verify that with the child's teacher and then discuss other options. Recognizing the potential dangers, most educators likely will not assign any work involving chat rooms to younger students.
* If kids must enter chat rooms, make sure the rooms are monitored: Chat rooms are monitored in different ways. Some are monitored live, by adults who have passed a screening process. Others are only monitored by software programs that solely remove members based on the use of foul or inappropriate language. * Let kids know what could be out there and how to keep certain information to themselves.