One father has sparked some furious debate online after demonstrating his rather straightforward method of teaching his toddler how to swim.
In the 30 second long video, the dad is seen taking his baby boy into the water as the terrified kid cries out in protest. Rather than waiting for him to calm down, the father immediately takes off his crying son’s clothes, puts the kid on his shoulders and then launches him naked into the lake.
The toddler is then seen desperately paddling around and gasping for breath until the dad swims out to retrieve him. All the while, more adults in the background hoot and holler in laughter.
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However, many Chinese netizens have found nothing at all funny in the video, accusing the dad of traumatizing his son.
But, other web users have also wrote in to support the father’s no-nonsense methods.
“This is how I learned to swim when I was young,” writes one Weibo user.
Meanwhile, another netizen writes that the video clip has been edited for maximum shock value. In the full video which has also been posted online, the kid eventually paddles himself back to shore after being abandoned again by his father. On land, the boy sobs and trembles naked, crying for his mother. His mom then wraps a towel around him and carries him off.
In much the opposite circumstance earlier this month, a video went viral online capturing the shocking moment that a desperate father standing on the roof of a sinking vehicle decided to risk throwing his infant daughter to shore.
[Video via Kankanews]
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