A mother is defending herself after a video of her daughter learning how to swim has angered people on the Internet, with some people saying the method is too extreme.
Keri Morrison lost her 2 1/2 year-old son, Jake, after he accidentally drowned three years ago. Jake slipped out a back door in the dark and fell off a dock in Orlando. Morrison is now determined to have her daughter, Josie, learn how to swim.
A video, posted by Facebook user Dov, shows little Josie sitting on the steps of a swimming pool. The caption on the video says, "So hard to watch but every kid should learn this young!"
A person on the other side of the camera is seen enticing the girl with a sandal. Josie reaches for the sandal and falls into the water, then starts floating on her back.
"She falls in and she turns over and saves herself and floats for over a minute and a half. I don't see how there could be anything negative about that," Morrison said on the "Today" show.
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This technique is called Infant Swimming Resource or ISR. It teaches children as young as 6 months how to "self-rescue."
Morrison and her son have set up a foundation in memory of their son called Live Like Jake to help bring awareness to drowning prevention. It provides swim lesson scholarships to those who cannot afford it, along with financial and emotional support for families who have lost a loved one with critical care needs.