The National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics includes some guidelines for social workers in the digital age. Among the points relevant to social workers’ use of social media are:
- Posting personal information on professional websites or other media could lead to boundary confusion, inappropriate relationships or client harm.
- Clients may discover personal information about them based on their personal affiliations and use of social media.
- Social workers should circumvent accepting requests from or engaging in personal relationships with clients on online social networks or other digital media.
- Social workers should avoid sharing any confidential or identifying details about clients on websites or social media.