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'Maryam and Joe: Behind Closed Doors'

Maryam and Joe: Behind Closed Doors

Our new interactive social-media style simulation, a training tool on the routes to radicalisation and extremism, educates professionals and young people on the dangers of grooming for radicalisation via social media and through face-to-face contact.  Through the use of our proven social media style interface (iSocialike, Hashtagged, WeTube, Picturegram,WhatsChat and Snappit) you will learn about grooming by tracking the behaviour of the groomer and seeing the implications. The simulation has been developed to allow professionals and young people to spot the signs of radicalisation in two different scenarios; firstly, through the online, social-media life of Maryam (aged 15) and her sisters and secondly, through the online and personal relationships of Joe (aged 20) and his family. Both stories are suitable for young people and young adults and they focus on grooming processes; what to do to help safeguard the young people; and the influence and impact of their behaviour and actions on their families. Using ‘traffic light’ and ‘emoji’ rating systems you are encouraged to input your thoughts on how and why the characters are being groomed.
Real life news clips from Sky news and the BBC open each scene and offer the opportunity to discuss complex topics in relation to radicalisation and British Values. These include hate crime, freedom of speech, propaganda, online grooming, far right extremism and terrorism. The simulation can be used to support SMSC development in lessons such as PSHE, citizenship, and aspects of history, English and general studies
In a recent trial of the product in an FE setting, 27 out of 39 young people said the simulation had increased their knowledge of radicalisation and would alter their online behaviour.

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Detailed course information is available in our leaflet.

Terms and condition of licence use please read before booking your place

Please read the terms and conditions before booking your place on the CPD session. Unless formally agreed by the University of Kent, licences may not be used to generate income, licence holders may not be commissioned to deliver training and are not permitted to share enrolment details with others. Licences are for use within schools/organisations or for own CPD.

Book your place

Half day training session and 12 months access to the resources costs £249 per person. Check dates here for upcoming training sessions and you may also register if you are paying by credit card. If you need to pay by invoice there is a £10 administrative fee applicable and you should initially contact us with your purchase order and we will register you. For group discount, or to host a session in your region, please do contact us.

Learning outcomes/objectives

Objectives of the workshop:

  • To provide professionals and young people with a platform to develop understanding about the processes involved in radicalisation.
  • To raise awareness amongst professionals and young people of the processes of grooming for radicalisation.
  • To heighten awareness of how young people and students can be safeguarded, in particular the processes and staff involved in Junior, secondary, tertiary and higher education.
  • To facilitate understanding of the different ideologies that underpin extremist and terrorist organisations.
  • Highlight the issues associated with young women being groomed and recruited for travelling by Daesh.
  • Highlight the issues associated with young men being groomed and recruited to right wing organisations.
  • Encourage discussion and reflect on the use and abuse of different social media platforms for the purposes of radicalisation.
  • To look at the different policies and procedures that exist in organisations on radicalisation and to evaluate how they work in practice.

Licence renewal

You will be sent a reminder to renew your licence, which is provided free for the first 12 months after your training session. A renewal fee of £150 plus vat per person will be requested to cover server/hosting charges. If you have group renewals please email us with the number required, in order to arrange a discounted price. Renew your licence via our online shop here.

How you can use the resources

  • Facilitate with young people, vulnerable adults within a classroom environment.
  • Group work.
  • Feedback and discussion.
  • Student rationale scored against criteria.

Before you start - FAQs checking your computer and settings

Question: My enrolment key is not accepted
Answer: Rather than copying and pasting, try typing the code in. If still unable to access, please contact the administrator via email or call 01227 827546.

Question: Cannot log onto External Moodle
Answer: Check availability on

Question: I have set up my Moodle login but have not received my activation email?
Answer: Some firewalls do prevent emails such as this entering your mailbox as it could be interpreted as spam. Please first check your spam mailbox. Please email or call 01227 827546 and we can arrange for it to be manually activated.

Question: What do I need to do to prepare in advance of delivering a session?
Answer: We recommend testing the computer being used to deliver the training and any other pcs being used by students as soon as possible before the session is due to take place in case the school’s IT staff need to add an allowance to the school firewall to allow the simulation and videos to play. Instructions to send to the venue can be found in Appendix A below.

Question: What browser should I use?
Answer: You must ensure you have Google Chrome on your computer and you should clear your history/cache each time you use the simulation. If you cannot use Google chrome you can use Internet Explorer and will have to press F12 and then select the option to ‘always pull pages direct from the server’.  Essentially, this stops caching. 

Question: How do I clear my cache/history?
Answer: Select the 3 dots top right hand corner of Google Chrome toolbar

Select History; Select History again; Select clear browsing date on the left hand side; tick cached images and file and click ‘clear data’. Then close Google Chrome and then open it again and begin.

Question: The simulation will not load, or one of the videos will not play?
Answer: There are many variations of firewall and additional software to prevent access of certain keywords in schools and organisations, so it is essential for this testing to be carried out in advance allowing time for investigation and potential changes to be made. Contact your IT Department and send them your access instructions for them to create a login and access the simulation. They may need to add the url of the simulation to their whitelist it to allow their organisation’s firewall to allow the simulation to load. Everything is stored on the same domain, so if they clear the root ( everything else on that domain will be cleared. Your IT colleague is encouraged to contact us directly with any problems as we can check current status and advise next steps. They should run through all the scenes to ensure all the videos are loaded. 

Question: The simulation has loaded but a video will not play? My IT colleague would like access to the videos to add them to the whitelist.
Answer: Should a video still not play, it is rare, but may be necessary for you to add the video to the organisation's whitelist/firewall due to the terminology used in the films. The url can be found by right clicking on the video.

Question: Is there a quick shortcut to the simulation?
Answer: You can google BCD University of Kent to bring up our website, or just go to our website:  - the shortcut to ‘BCD’ is under the picture of Maryam on the right hand side of the webpage.  Click on this link to be taken to where the simulation is hosted on External Moodle. Add this to your favourites for quick access.

Question: Can I play the simulation on a tablet?
Answer: Yes, just ensure you have Google Chrome and clear the cache as you would on a laptop.

Question: Does the teacher need to log on to all the computers in the classroom with their own username and password?
Answer: No, the teacher will need to go to the link to the simulation on each PC and choose the guest access for the student PC. Students should not see the guest access password. We recommend 3 students around each PC for discussion purposes.

Question: The school I demonstrated to would like to purchase a licence, how do they do that?
Answer: They can email us at and we can arrange this.

Question: I am still having problems, how do I contact you?
Answer: Please email us a screen shot of what you are seeing to or call 01227 827546 if you need further support. Schools are welcome to contact us directly (email or telephone 01227 827546) to discuss this testing and we can run through it with them.

If you have come across an issue, no matter how small, please do let us know and we will add to this list to share the solution and make access as simple and as efficient as it can be.

Please email or call 01227 827546 if you need further support. Schools are welcome to contact us directly (email or telephone 01227 827546) to discuss this testing and we can run through it with them.


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Last Updated: 20/03/2019