A video that shows an 8-month-old baby being hurled into a swimming pool has sparked a huge parenting debate this week, leaving the internet truly divided.
Keep scrolling to see the controversial video for yourself...
There's no one method to parenting...
via: GettyBut, no matter what you do, there will always be someone ready to criticize your parenting techniques.
The internet is awash with people waiting for the next parenting blunder to emerge...
via: GettyIt's almost like they have nothing better to do, isn't it?
In today's modern age, so many parents have come under fire online...
via: GettyAnd, often, it is for the most trivial of reasons.
Whether it be the way someone disciplines their child...
via: GettyTo what they feed them, there's almost nothing a parent can do right these days.
But the latest parenting blunder is probably the most controversial yet...
via: GettyAnd it has caused the internet to descend into a fierce debate.
Krysta Meyer is the latest mom to face the wrath of the internet.
via: FacebookThe twenty-seven-year-old mom of 2, from Colorado Springs, has recently divided the internet with a video she shared of her 8-month-old baby.
Baby Oliver has recently been having swimming lessons...
via: FacebookAnd Krysta decided to share the footage from one of these lessons onto TikTok, where she runs an account dedicated to her life as a mother of 2 boys.
However, instead of people merely smiling and commenting on the video...
@DoctorLFC That gave me a panic attack— Ra Ch Na (@Ra Ch Na)1592888536.0
But others had a different stance on the video.
@thatgirl_kristn That’s how I learned 🤷🏽♂️— MikealSouthTX (@MikealSouthTX)1592792365.0
The video starts like this.
via: TikTokThe swim instructor can be seen standing by the edge of the pool holding baby Oliver under his arms.
Then, she leans forward...
via: TikTokAnd drops him into the pool.
Admittedly, it looks like quite an extreme throw.
via: TikTokIn an almost cartoonish fashion, Oliver flies through the air and lands, backwards-facing into the water with a huge splash.
He stays under the water for a few moments...
via: TikTokAnd the swim instructor swiftly jumps in to retrieve him.
But, all by himself, he floats to the surface...
via: TikTokAnd, visibly unfazed by his experience, he starts paddling through the water on his back.
You can watch the full video here.
Krysta captioned her post, "Oliver amazes me every week! I can’t believe he is barely 2 months in and is catching on so fast. He is a little fish."
Instantly, the internet melted down over the video, which has racked up over 5 million views.Thousands of people have been expressing their shock over the footage, with many saying that they would never put their own baby through such a "traumatic" experience.
Some have even labelled the teaching method as "dangerous."One user wrote: "I’ve literally just seen a video of a baby/toddler being thrown into a pool and then take 5+ seconds to resurface. That is not a teaching practice. This should not happen. This is dangerous. In the comments, people are defending this?"
But others have pointed out that, despite how alarming it looks, this is how babies learn how to swim.
Yes this is fucking terrifying but this is how babies learn how to swim. It triggers a certain reflex when they are… https://t.co/eS7D67DtXY— hoodoo soul child ✨🌱 (@hoodoo soul child ✨🌱)1592751606.0
Krysta has since spoken out...
Why over the last week are people freaking out about that baby being thrown in the pool?— ha, nice dude (@ha, nice dude)1592846267.0
She wants to stress that Oliver was taking part in an infant survival class which gives him the skills to survive if he ever falls into the water.
@Paidinfvlll @mufaaro @_geela_ But they’re practicing for emergency scenarios. They need the baby to be disoriented… https://t.co/EYuI1BNFtf— ✞༒𝔰𝔶𝔡𝔫𝔦𝔢༒✞ (@✞༒𝔰𝔶𝔡𝔫𝔦𝔢༒✞)1592767654.0