Can playing video games help students make the grade?

(CNN) – Video games may just be catching a bad rap. There’s the possibility that playing video games can help improve certain test scores; well, some people, especially parents, may not be sold on that idea just yet.

However, a new study, recently published in the International Journal of Communication, found that teens who played video games regularly scored higher than average in math, reading and science on an international exam.

The study tracked the test scores and technology use of 12,000 Australian teens.

Research also found that students who spent higher than average time on social networking sites scored lower on the tests.

The author of the study, an associate professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology said the findings may help show new ways children can learn from online games and potentially improve how subjects are taught.

A professor at Indiana University said although he’s not surprised by the study, it suggested that the higher test scores could also be a result of bright kids looking for a challenge and don’t necessarily find it on social media.

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