A mum-of-two has defended making her children wear wrist locks when out in order to protect them from getting ‘abducted’.
Jemma Freeman, from Maldon in Essex, purchased the gadget amid rising concerns of child abduction cases in her area.
The 30-year-old decided to take matters in her own hands to protect her little ones, buying the safety lock from Amazon for £8.69.
Her two children, Jessica, 3, and Zachary, 8, wear it when they go out with her.
The device acts like a wrist strap with an additional lock and coil – and is child-proof, preventing the child from wriggling out of the grasp.
Jemma says she spoke to her two children about strangers and the reasons for wearing the lock and both of them are happy to put it on.
The mum-of-two shared a picture of the device on her Facebook page, which has since garnered over 400 likes.
Many fellow parents commended her for ensuring her little ones were safe.
One person 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.”
Another commented: “Well all I can say good on you we shouldn’t have to but this is the only way to keep our kids close by good idea.”
A third added: “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 not everyone was quite so impressed, with some parents comparing it to putting a dog on a leash.
Jemma, who works as a wedding hair and makeup artist, wasn’t bothered though and defended using the tool, saying: “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 that I should watch my children and that they are not ‘dogs’.
“I’m fully aware of both of these things.
“However, when people are having children snatched from their arms or pushchairs, I feel it’s not a case of just watching your child. And as a parent, if I can do anything at all to help keep them safe, I will do it.”
She continued: “I’ve also had lots of lovely comments and messages from parents thanking me for sharing the post and asking me where they can purchase this gadget from.
“I’ve also had lots of lovely comments from people telling me to ignore the negative comments and that I am a great mother.
“Ultimately there is lots of good in the world but unfortunately there are also things happening that aren’t so good.”