University of Plymouth scientists saw that children ignored their own judgement and copied robots in a test.
The boffins set up a test where young participants simply had to point out which two lines matched in length.
But with robots added to the mix, children would copy their answers even when obviously wrong, resulting in scores of just 75%.
When the test was repeated with adults, they were able to “resist” the robots’ influence.
Robots professor Tony Belpaeme said the “affinity” kids had for robots could worryingly be used to tell them “what to think”.