Tencent has started testing a new monitoring system for its games, enabling teachers to receive daily updates of students’ in-game time and purchases.

The system, dubbed “Star Guardian,” is the newest addition to existing controls from Tencent that limit how much time and money minors can spend on games. It can be accessed through the “teacher-student interaction” tab in Tencent’s official parental control platform on WeChat. As of writing, the system hasn’t appeared on Tencent’s parental control website.

To use the platform, teachers send students invitations through WeChat or QQ. Once students accept, they will be added to a class group where the teacher can see the time and money they have spent in games on that day and during that week. Teachers are not allowed access to information such as students’ log-in and log-out times, as well as purchase details, a Tencent spokesperson told TechNode.

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Tony Xu

Tony Xu is Shanghai-based tech reporter. Connect with him via e-mail: tony.xu@technode.com