They don't make a lot of sense with shuttered outlets. They'd make a lot more sense in the USA or on older European sockets.
They do stop kids from plugging appliences in though. Which kinda makes some sense even with BS1363.
The only device that makes a LOT of sense is the VHS tape with a lock on the back to prevent your VCR being used as a post box!
My baby cousins put just about everything that would fit into the VCR.. including toast !
By the way wern't those twist and lock sockets, now used exclusively for POS systems, proposed as a child-safety device in the 1980s ? I seem to remember Ester Ranson doing some feature on them years ago.
[This message has been edited by djk (edited 11-11-2004).]