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- Published: 2/07/2013 at 09:24 AM
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One of the latest videos to go viral on YouTube shows a 16-month-old girl swimming unaided across a family pool. It's impressive, but is it safe?
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16-month Elizabeth is on her way across the family pool. This time she didn't stop to take a breath
When Elizabeth needs to breathe, she flips over for a few seconds.
One of the latest videos to go viralon YouTube shows a 16-month-old girl swimming unaidedacross a family pool. It's impressive but is it safe?
The girl is named Elizabeth and video was posted by her father 10 months ago. It has only gone viral recently however, after big news organisations started running the video clip on television channels across the world.
To most people watching the video, Elizabeth's most impressiveskill is not the swimming which she does face down, but her ability to flipover when she needs to take a breath
But is it really safe to put an infantin a swimming pool alone? Here, even Elizabeth's parents will agree that it definitelyis not safe – unless the infanthas been trained. That breathing break, for example, is not something a child will do naturally
Elizabeth’s father says she has been taught to swim by an experienced lifeguardand he himself is a registered nursewith special training in the care of infants. “I was 100% prepared to jump in (the pool) at first sign of distress” he says.
He also stresses that Elizabeth herself was determinedto learn to swim. “At no point do we force our child to do anything she is unwillingto try.”
From the comments accompanying the YouTube video, most people seem satisfiedwith that explanation and are very supportiveof Elizabeth and her parents.
But not all. “Parenting fail,” reads one comment. “Not sure if this is cruelor impressive” says another. Watch the video for yourself and see what you think.
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