- Students will state 3 ways technology is impacting ethics in social work practice.
- Students will state the new Ethical and Technology Standards related to building a professional social media presence.
- Students will name 4 ethical considerations prior to launching a social media presence.
- Students will name 3 benefits and 3 risks of a social media presence for social workers.
- Name 5 ways having a social media policy can reduce the risk of ethical violations and/or increase fidelity to ethical practice.
One has to weigh the benefits with the potential ethical risks. This training is intended to help you maximize the benefits of social media without placing yourself in ethical risk.
For the purposes of this course social media will be defined, at minimum, as a website and a blog being attached. If you are to venture into this space, thinking carefully about best practices and developing a social media policy is key. You can apply this to expanding your presence to any social media network including but not limited too; Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and SnapChat.
Technology is creating growing ethical challenges for the field of social work. It is incumbent on us to be aware of the ways technology is exposing ourselves and our clients to risks. Conversely, technology is creating opportunities for social workers. We are able to accelerate communication, aggregate data, and find new ways to meet clients where they are. Community organizers are able to use websites, email, software, and social networks that bring people together. Technology is making the world smaller for our practice both on the micro and macro level. As a byproduct social work is presented with opportunities to implement technology to better service our clients, families, and communities.