Title

Virtual Boundaries: Ethical Considerations for Use of Social Media in Social Work

Publication Date

4-1-2013

Document Type

Article

Abstract

In real life, we often use physical cues to help us identify our role and put the appropriate boundaries in place, but online it is more difficult to determine where our boundaries lie. This article provides and overview of various social media tools and uses along with personal and professional considerations to help in guiding the ethical use of social media tools. As the use of social media continues to grow, the importance of virtual boundaries will also rise. Therefore, proactive considerations that include policies and guidelines that encourage responsible and ethical use of social media are needed to help social workers mediate personal and professional boundaries.

Publication Title

Social Work

Volume

58

Issue

2

First Page

185

Last Page

188

Version

pre-print, post-print

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