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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Danisnotonfire is a YouTube channel on which Dan Howell shares funny personal stories and awkward moments from his life. The stories are funny, and Dan's ability to spin a yarn makes them doubly so, but there is much unedited language ("f--k," "s--t") to contend with throughout. If you're looking for meaningful entertainment, you won't find it here; Howell's stated objective is to make viewers feel better about their own embarrassments by sharing his awkwardness. That said, his ease with his own shortcomings does remind viewers of the value of being without self-consciousness.
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What's the story?
DANISNOTONFIRE is a collection of anecdotal stories from British video blogger Dan Howell about his personal foibles and awkward moments. Through retellings and reenactments, Dan attempts to make viewers feel better about their own mishaps by sharing his in excessive detail and laughing about them. Other episodes show Dan answering fans' questions and co-hosting the show with his friend Phil Lester.
Is it any good?
Dan's hyperbolic oversharing is laugh-out-loud funny at times, thanks in no small part to his natural ease in front of the camera. Whether it's his failed attempts at piano lessons or the bizarre tale of how he learned a valuable life lesson from his pet hamster, Dan's reflections are relatable for anyone who has embarrassing skeletons in their own closets.
For the most part, Danisnotonfire is palatable fare, save for the chronic salty language. Most enjoyable is Dan's self-deprecating nature and willingness to laugh at himself, which makes the stories that much more entertaining and enjoying them that much more guilt-free.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about this kind of entertainment. Can Dan's videos teach you anything positive? Do you think that's his goal? Does entertainment have to be educational to be quality work?
What is the difference between laughing with someone and laughing at them? Why is it an important distinction to make? Where does bullying factor in? Does the fact that Dan puts his own embarrassment out there make him fair game for being the brunt of jokes?
Teens: How does social media change how fame is assigned? Can anyone be famous now that the internet is accessible to all? What is the downside to this accessibility?
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