Estee Cockcroft

6th July 2020

Pornography, Pompeii & Incognito mode

Monday, July 7 2020

In 2020, the median age for first pornography exposure is 11 years old. However new research from the security technology company BitdefenderRead More

In 2020, the median age for first pornography exposure is 11 years old. However new research from the security technology company Bitdefender, has reported children under the age of 10 now account for 22% of online porn consumption in under 18 -years olds. These alarming figures and the fact that throughout the COVID_19 pandemic our children are more online than ever, prompted us to explore the topic further.

For parents, these statistics can be terrifying, but experts agree that talking to your child about pornography is the first step to safeguarding them. Some even go as far as to say that if you are not ready to talk to your child about pornography your child is not ready to access the world wide web. Viewing pornography used to be more prevalent amongst boys, but recent years have shown less of a difference in the way girls and boys are viewing pornography. learn more

15th May 2020

Lockdown Screentime: Ditch the guilt!

 Friday, May 15 2020

Feeling guilty about the increased time your child is spending on screens during the nationwide lockdown is about as useful as a lace face maskRead More

Feeling guilty about the increased time your child is spending on screens during the nationwide lockdown is about as useful as a lace face mask. We are all in the lockdown boat together and being a full-time teacher, homemaker, entertainer, cleaning service and chef is no picnic. Additionally, maintaining a career whilst children are running amuck has even the most militant anti-tech moms reaching for the iPad.

For some time, media researches have been advocating the shift from screen time to screen content in measuring healthy digital consumption in children. High quality content, such as learning how to play a musical instrument through an app or chatting to a family member on Skype, cannot be placed on par with playing Fortnite or binge-watching You. Similarly, an hour spent socialising on WhatsApp is different to an hour spent drawing comparisons on Instagram. Children gain differently from using various forms of digital media. learn more

15th August 2019

Sextortion: The biggest cyber threat to our teens

 Thursday, August 15 2019

A top Eastern Cape private school recently experienced the cruel nature of sextortion when a male scholar catfished on Instagram… Read More

A top Eastern Cape private school recently experienced the cruel nature of sextortion when a male scholar catfished on Instagram. The teenager had recently broken up with his girlfriend and first created a large following on his fake account before posting nudes she had sent him during their time together. The girl was shamed and ridiculed. The story leads one to wonder what conversation the estranged couple might have had before the photos were leaked. Were there threats and intimidation? Was the pictures used as blackmail? And who is to blame? 

The Journal of Sexual abuse defines sextortion as: When individuals threaten to spread sexual images and/or videos unless other sexual content, sexual favours, or money is provided. According to the US Justice Department, sextortion is the fastest growing cyber threat to children in the United States. And South Africa isn’t far behind. learn more

24th July 2019

Barrel of emotions or brain development?

20th June 2019

8 Tips to prepare your daughter for her first period

 Wednesday, 19 June

Your tween is getting to an age where the “period conversation” is inevitable and although to you she still feels like your baby girl…Read More

Your tween is getting to an age where the “period conversation” is inevitable and although to you she still feels like your baby girl, you’d rather she hear it from you than from a friend on the playground or worse, from Google.

If at all possible it is better to have the period chat with your daughter before she actually has her first period, as this will prepare her for what is to come. Keep in mind that the average age for getting your first period is 12 years of age according to kidshealth.org. A good way to gage when your daughter might have hers is this: most girls get their first period 2 years after their breasts start to develop.

To help you deal, I have put together 8 tips to teach your daughter about her cycle and to handle this big change in her life constructively.

1) Normalise it. The first step to telling your daughter about her menstrual cycle is normalising it. Explain to her that every single woman on this planet has a period. Olympic gymnasts have periods, Astronauts have periods in outer space, her aunt has a period, Kendal Jenner has a period and so does Zendaya. Many teenage girls believe that when they are having their period they are sick and cannot achieve or participate in normal activities, therefor by explaining that a period should in no way hamper their ambitions it sets them at ease. learn more

12th June 2019

Why dads matter so much

7th May 2019

Extra-murals-How much is too much?

With Lynne Woods teacher, sports coach and all-round wonder-woman

From Tuba lessons to Hip-hop dancing-our llamas are busier than ever, but how much is too much? Does our children need to be busy in order to be successful? Read More

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26th April 2019

Cyberbullying only happens in public schools, right?

 Friday, April 26 2019

Before I had children of my own I was a smug, opinionated, pain-in-the-backside who said things like *insert the voice of Sansa Stark… Read More

Before I had children of my own I was a smug, opinionated, pain-in-the-backside who said things like *insert the voice of Sansa Stark here* “One day, my children will eat all their broccoli” or “I’ll never allow my child to stand on her chair in a restaurant like that” or “If my child is cyberbullied I’ll just put him in a private school.” When I think back on my ignorant, self-satisfied, plump, youthful little face, knowing what I know now, I wish I could roundhouse kick it into next Monday.

Sassy Llama hosts workshops with girls across South Africa, some girls attend because their parents saw it as a valuable investment into their daughter’s future and other girls attend, because we have incredible corporate sponsors that want to make a difference in the world by giving away an entry. We also do talks at underprivileged schools as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility. learn more

8th April 2019

Make-up hacks for llamas