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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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breath: an amount of air that enters the lungs at one time; the air that you take into your lungs and send out again - ลมหายใจ
cruel: deliberately causing pain to other people or animals - ป่าเถื่อน โหดร้าย
definitely: certain; having no doubts about something - อย่างแน่นอน
determined: wanting to do something very much and not letting anyone or any difficulties stop you - ตั้งใจจริง, ซึ่งมุ่งมั่น
distress: a feeling that you have when you are very unhappy, worried or upset - ความกังวลใจ
flip: to turn over into a different position with a sudden quick movement - สะบัด,พลิก
go viral: (of a video, photo, story, etc.) to spread across the internet very quickly (like a virus spreading a disease) as people share it with their friends or the news media reports on it - แพร่กระจายผ่านทางอินเทอร์เน็ตอย่างรวดเร็ว
impressive: something that people admire because it is very good, very large or shows great skill - ซึ่งน่าประทับใจ
infant: a baby or a very young child - ทารก, เด็กอ่อน
lifeguard: a person who is employed at a beach or a swimming pool to rescue people who are in danger in the water - ผู้ดูแลความปลอดภัยในการทำกิจกรรมนันทนาการทางน้ำ และช่วบชีวิตคนตกน้ำ
naturally: without special help, treatment or action by somebody - ตามธรรมชาติ, โดยกำเนิด
parenting: the process of caring for your child or children - การเป็นบิดามารดา
recently: not long ago - เมื่อไม่นานมานี้, เมื่อเร็วๆ นี้
registered nurse: a nurse who has an official qualification - พยาบาลวิชาชีพที่ผ่านสอบรับรองมาตรฐาน
satisfied: believing or accepting that something is true - พอใจ
skill: the ability to do something well, usually as a result of experience and training - ฝีมือ, ทักษะ
stress: to emphasise something; to say that something is important - เน้นย้ำ
supportive: giving help, encouragement or sympathy to somebody - เป็นกำลังใจ, สนับสนุน
unaided: without receiving any help - ไม่ได้รับการช่วยเหลือ, ไม่มีใครช่วย
unwilling: not wanting to do something and refusing to do it - ไม่เต็มใจ, ไม่สมัครใจ