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Soc Work Health Care. 2014 Oct;53(9):800-14. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2014.943455.

Social media and social work education: understanding and dealing with the new digital world.

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a Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work , University of Toronto Toronto , Ontario , Canada.


Accompanying the multiple benefits and innovations of social media are the complex ethical and pedagogical issues that challenge social work educators. Without a clear understanding of the blurred boundaries between public and private, the potentially limitless and unintended audiences, as well as the permanency of the information shared online, social work students who use social media can find themselves in difficult situations in their personal and professional lives. In this article, we present three scenarios that illustrate issues and complexities involving social media use by social work students, followed by a discussion and recommendations for social work educators.


boundaries; privacy; social media; social work education; social work ethics

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