Sara Martin from the APA's Monitor wrote a story entitled The Internet's Ethical Challenges. A portion of the article is listed below. The information just begins to scratch the surface of ethical issues related to a psychologist's presence on the internet.
Should you Google your clients?
Should you ‘friend’ a student on Facebook?
APA’s Ethics Director Stephen Behnke answers those questions and more.
No form of client communication is 100 percent guaranteed to be private. Conversations can be overheard, e-mails can be sent to the wrong recipients and phone conversation can be listened to by others.
But in today’s age of e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and other social media, psychologists have to be more aware than ever of the ethical pitfalls they can fall into by using these types of communication.
“It’s easy not to be fully mindful about the possibility of disclosure with these communications because we use these technologies so often in our social lives,” says Stephen Behnke, PhD, JD, director of APA’s Ethics Office. “It’s something that we haven’t gotten into the habit of thinking about.”
The Monitor sat down with Behnke to discuss the ethical aspects of the Internet for psychology practitioners and how to think about them.