Mother Criticized After This Controversial Video Went Viral. Do You Agree?

The internet is up in arms thanks to a viral video that shows a baby floating on its back in a pool while her mother looks on. The Florida mom in the clip claims that she is merely teaching her daughter how to float at an early age, but many social media users have blasted the method as barbaric and unsafe.

The video, which you can view above, shows a baby being lured toward deeper water in a pool. When the baby falls in and begins to struggle, the onlookers say words of encouragement but do not assist. Finally, the baby begins to float on her back.

Mother Keri Morrison believes that the technique, called Infant Swimming Resource Self-Rescue, is an important tool to help prevent babies from drowning. Morrison herself lost a child to a tragic drowning accident and, along with her husband Roarke, has spoken in favor of teaching infants to float.

“These lessons are safe and effective and they’ve been around for 50 years,” she told the Daily News. “As a parent your number one job is to protect your child, to do everything that you can to keep them safe and I failed my son when I did not put him in these lessons.”

However, a professor of pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine named Dr. Michael Weitzman claims that the technique is nothing short of reckless.

“This can have no beneficial effects and could endanger their children’s lives,” he said, “or in some cases have long-term consequences of children having phobias of the water.”

Many social media commenters have agreed with Dr. Weitzman, chastising Morrison for placing her daughter’s life in danger. Other users have praised Morrison for teaching her daughter to float at such an early age, even if the technique looks brutal.