More than half of 10-year-olds in Scotland have a mobile phone, a survey has shown.
Youngsters aged 11 to 17 took part in the survey
The poll, which was commissioned by The Carphone Warehouse, also said that by the time children reach secondary school, 91% of them own a mobile phone.
The survey found that mobiles provided youngsters with access to entertainment and gave them a sense of belonging to their peer group.
The YouGov survey involved 1,250 UK youngsters aged between 11 and 17.
The Mobile Life Youth Report revealed that by a large margin, young people would rather text than talk, with 11 to 17-year-olds sending or receiving an average 9.6 texts a day.
'Sense of belonging'
Charles Dunstone, chief executive officer of the Carphone Warehouse Group, said mobile phones provided youngsters with "a social network, a sense of security and access to entertainment".
"But most importantly it provides them with a sense of belonging to their peer group."
The survey found that a third of adults felt children should have a mobile phone by the age of 11.
However, when parents were specifically asked, more than half (54%) thought it was fine for an 11-year-old to have a mobile phone.
Two thirds of 15 to 17-year-olds would not let their parents look through their text messages.
The Mobile Life Youth Report was written with advice from the London School of Economics and Political Science.