Video games may improve focus.

Some people think that playing video games decreases kids’ attention span. But researchers say the opposite may be true. Brain scans show that kids who regularly play are better able to filter out distractions than nongamers are.

Video games may improve problem-solving skills.

Puzzle games and role-playing games may build problem-solving skills. Researchers say kids who play these types of games show improvement in three key areas: planning, organization and flexible thinking.

Video games may boost creativity.

Researchers have a link between playing video games, for example Minecraft, and being creative.

Video games may reduce stress.

Simple video games that don’t require a lot of thought, such as Angry Birds, can help kids relax.

It’s still a good idea to put limits on the type of video games your child plays—and the amount of time.