Mum defends using wrist locks on her kids to keep them safe from ‘abductions’

A mum decided to take matters into her own hands to protect her children – by making them wear wrist locks.

Jemma Freeman, 30, defends making her kids wear the safety locks in order to protect them from getting "abducted".

She purchased the gadgets from Amazon amid rising concerns of child abduction cases in the Maldon area in Essex where she lives.

The parent makes her two children, Jessica, three, and Zachary, eight, wear it when they go out with her.

It acts like a wrist strap with an additional lock and coil with child-proof protection preventing the kids from getting out of it.

The mum bought the safety lock from the online retailer for £8.69.

Jemma says she spoke to her two children about strangers and the reasons for using the lock and are both are happy to wear it.

Sharing it on Facebook, the mum-of-two posted a picture of the parenting tip which has since garnered more than 400 likes.

Many parents hailed Jemma for ensuring her little ones were safe.

One wrote: "Brilliant hun, I had one like this but not as good as yours. We have to do what we can to keep our children safe.

"Far too many wrongens out there."

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Another added: "Well all I can say is good on your we shouldn't have to but this is the only way to keep our kids close by, good idea."

A third said: "25 years ago it was common to use reins for children.

"Keeps them safe and allows them some freedom to walk. What they look like shouldn't be the issue."

However, some Facebook users weren't so keen on the idea, comparing it to putting a dog on a leash.

But Jemma, who works as a wedding hair and make-up artist, didn't seem too fazed by the comments.

She said: "I've only recently started using these after being concerned with recent events.

"I use it on both children currently if in a situation where something could happen.

"I did have a few negative comments from parents which really upset me.

"Some people have commented saying I should watch my children and that they are not 'dogs'. I'm fully aware of both of these things.

"I've also had lots of lovely comments from parents thanking me for sharing the post and asking me where they can purchase it from."

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