Parents need to know that Shane Dawson's YouTube content is distributed on two channels: Shane (the channel Dawson uses most often, at press time), and Shane Dawson TV (his first channel, with mostly earlier content and some sporadic later posts). Content on Shane Dawson TV tends to be older, and occasionally contains offensive material, particularly the "character" videos in which Dawson portrays stereotypes: a sassy black woman, a nerd, a gangster, a Latina woman named Fruit Lupe. It's worth noting that Dawson's first viral video depicted him joking about murdering a young YouTube broadcaster, and one popular older video involves a joke about one woman drugging another with MDMA and offering her up for sex online. The characters are largely dropped for the Shane channel, with Dawson presenting short videos on a variety of topics, often more serious than his early videos and occasionally shocking: murders, suicides, conspiracies, accidental deaths. A series of "creepy" videos intentionally takes on dark topics and frequently contains real footage of injuries or deaths. Some videos veer into the sexual, with references to same- and opposite-sex kissing, sexual practices, sex toys, masturbation, infidelity, being a "top" vs. a "bottom," orgasms, sexual arousal, online pickups, etc. Language is frequent: "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and plenty of vulgar expressions: "they made a f--kup," "pissed off." Once a teetotaler, Dawson has smoked (e-cigarettes) in at least one video, and refers to drinking and smoking pot (to control pain from a broken leg) in others, though he claims not to drink enough to get drunk. All that said, Dawson is a relatable and generally respectful host who is honest about his life, background, and foibles -- kids could find a worse role model to emulate. Please note: Our reviewers watch between one and two hours of content to determine the general appropriateness of each YouTube channel. Some channels contain more variety within their content than others; we do our best to capture the channel's overall subject and tone to help parents make the best choice for their family. We recommend parent co-viewing of YouTube content for kids under 13.