03/02/2015 10:35 GMT | Updated 03/02/2015 10:59 GMT

Children Pose A Danger To Smartphones, New Research Reveals

In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, Aiden Crott, 7, center, helps Daniel Hernadez, 5, with his ScratchJr iPad program while Talia Levitt, 7, right, works with hers at the Eliot-Pearson Children's School in Medford, Mass. Researchers created the app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Parents are being warned not to let their young children use tablets and smartphones for long periods of time, after a new study highlighted the dangers.

The risks posed by toddlers and young children to iPads, tablets and similar equipment include cracked screens, dirty fingerprints and - in extreme cases - complete submersion in liquid, most commonly orange squash.

The study followed over 1,000 toddlers and young children as they used tablets and smartphones over a period of a year. By the end of the trial, 1,000 pieces of electronic equipment had suffered some sort of short-term damage.

"This research proves for the first time the detrimental effect that children have on these items," a boffin told HuffPost UK Comedy.

"It's too early to tell what the long-term effects may be," said the boffin. "But in the meantime, we recommend that parents limit their children's usage. This will at least reduce the short-term damage their kids are causing to their electronic items."

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