THE ATLANTIC

by YUKAI DU

“So much of parents’ fear around social media use comes from this fear that their kids’ lives will be ruined forever,” says Ana Homayoun in the latest episode of "Home School", The Atlantic’s animated video series about parenting. Homayoun, the author of Social Media Wellness, explains why this fear is mostly unfounded—and reveals the empowering alternative to restricting or monitoring children’s use of social media and technology.

Yukai's artwork delivers an understated knockout punch. The illustrations are elegant and soothing, with bold but muted colors. The animations carry the story with movements that are sometimes symbolic, sometimes literal, but always supportive of the narrator's message. There's a fluidity to the film that transforms it from simple tutorial to artful storytelling. Even non-parents and non-users of social media will find something meaningful in it.