My sons (7 and 4.5 years old) love watching LEGO city mini movies on YouTube.

They love watching all kinds of LEGO city mini movies, such as:

Arctic Explorers

enter image description here

The Escape From Prison Island

enter image description here

Mountain Police Madness

enter image description here

Gold Mine Grief

enter image description here

and many others...

We also bought them some of the sets featured in these mini movies.

The problem is that sometimes, when I search YouTube for LEGO city mini movies, some of the results shown are none official movies. While some are harmless movies of people showing how they build their LEGO sets, some are not appropriate for young children.

One time we accidentally started watching a LEGO movie featuring some arctic explorers that encounter a frozen alien. It turned out to be an unofficial movie, which was too scary for our kids. We had to stop in the middle, and make up an alternative story to what happened on that movie.

My question is how can I reliably tell apart official LEGO city mini movies (all of which seem child friendly) from non-official movies.

Is there some YouTube search that will only return official movies? Is there some listing with links to all the official movies?

1 Answer 1


enter image description here Hello Eran's family! How are you all doing today?

Please try these methods instead:

  1. The Publisher's Home Page - DON'T go directly to the search box to search the term "LEGO city mini movies", but instead just pull up one of your official LEGO mini movies and click on the name of the person who published the video to YouTube.

    In this case it would be "LEGO". So, clicking on the content creator's name will lead you to that publisher's homepage and everything they've posted to YT, such as Playlists, Videos, Community chit-chats, etc...
    Now, anything not created by this publisher, again LEGO, will not be on their homepage.

  2. Please Show Me More - So, right below the video publisher's name and date of publication there is a video description.

    In this description field the publisher sometimes has links, or if its a song, the song's written lyrics. Now, if the description field gets too long and wordy, YT will cut it off after a certain length, and hide the rest behind the "SHOW MORE" link.

    So, try the SHOW MORE link to see if there's further info to more official content.

  3. YouTube Restricted Mode On/Off. You can turn this on in YouTube settings to try to filter videos with potentially mature content, but note: Filters are not 100% accurate.

Phone App - Restricted Mode On/Off

  1. Open YouTube app.
  2. Tap 3 dots in the top right of screen.
  3. Look for gray "Gear Cog" to access "settings".
  4. In settings, look for "Restricted Mode Filtering".
  5. Choose either "Don't Filter" or "Strict". Done.

enter image description here

enter image description here

enter image description here

Desktop computer - Restricted Mode On/Off:

  1. Click 3 gray "parallel lines" next to YouTube logo to open side menu.
  2. Scroll down/look for gray "Gear Cog" to access "settings".
  3. Scroll down to the very bottom of page look for "Restricted Mode". Click on it to access more of the page.
  4. Scroll down some more. Toggle it "on" or "off".
  5. Click "Save". Done.

enter image description here

  • Thanks for all the suggestions, I'll give them a try. I hope they'll also work on the Youtube app on our smart tv, since we usually don't view Youtube via a computer/phone.
    – Eran
    Dec 16, 2018 at 17:50
  • Yeah, my Mom uses YT through her smart TV too, and the built in app isn't the greatest. Can you play content from your phone to your tv through Bluetooth? That would give you more control over the settings. Dec 16, 2018 at 18:12

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.