Blurred Lines: Ethical Implications of Social Media for Behavior Analysts
- 2.6k Downloads
Social networking has a long list of advantages: it enables access to a large group of people that would otherwise not be geographically convenient or possible to connect with; it reaches several different generations, particularly younger ones, which are not typically involved in discussion of current events; and these sites allow a cost effective, immediate, and interactive way to engage with others. With the vast number of individuals who use social media sites as a way to connect with others, it may not be possible to completely abstain from discussions and interactions on social media that pertain to our professional practice. This is all the more reason that behavior analysts attend to the contingencies specific to these tools. This paper discusses potential ethical situations that may arise and offers a review of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB) guidelines pertaining to social networking, as well as provides suggestions for avoiding or resolving potential violations relating to online social behavior.
KeywordsSocial networking Ethics Online media Internet behavior
The authors would like to thank Dr. Carla Schmidt for her helpful feedback on an earlier version of this manuscript.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) does not sponsor, approve, or endorse the information identified herein.
- Ahlqvist, T., Bäck, A., Halonen, M., Heinonen, S. (2008). Social media roadmaps. Exploring the futures triggered by social media. Research Notes 2454. Julkaisija: Finland.Google Scholar
- American Counseling Association. (2014). 2014 American Counseling Association code of ethics. Retrieved from http://www.counseling.org/resources/aca-code-of-ethics.pdf..
- American Medical Association. (2011). American Medical Association’s code of medical ethics. Retrieved from http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/medical-ethics/code-medical-ethics.page?.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2010r). Code of ethics. Retrieved from www.asha.org/policy.
- American Occupational Therapy Association. (2010). Occupational therapy code of ethics and ethics standards. Retrieved from https://www.aota.org/-/media/Corporate/Files/AboutAOTA/OfficialDocs/Ethics/Code%20and%20Ethics%20Standards%202010.pdf
- Bailey, J., & Burch, M. (2011). Ethics for behavior analysts (2nd ed.). New York: Taylor & Francis.Google Scholar
- Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). (2010). Behavior Analyst Certification Board guidelines for responsible conduct for behavior analysts. Retrieved from http://www.bacb.com/Downloadfiles/BACBguidelines/BACB_Conduct_Guidelines.
- Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). (2014). Behavior Analyst Certification Board professional and ethical compliance code for behavior analysts. Retrieved from http://www.bacb.com/Downloadfiles/BACB_Compliance_Code.pdf.
- Fastenberg, D. (2013). School bus driver fired over Facebook post. AOL Jobs. Retrieved from http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2013/06/10/school-bus-driver-fired-facebook-post/.
- Forbes. (2014, May). LinkedIn Profile. http://www.forbes.com/companies/linkedin/.
- Gonzalez, J. (2009). Cold Eagles sure are thin-skinned. Retrieved from http://articles.philly.com/2009-03-09/sports/24984311_1_leonard-bonacci-brian-dawkins-lincoln-financial-field.
- Grinberg, E. (2011). Teacher Natalie Munroe defends blog comments about ‘whiny’ students. Retrieved from http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/16/teacher-natalie-munroe-defends-blog-comments-about-whiny-students/.
- Hueber, J. (2013, October 11). Which of the Top 5 Professional Networking Sites – LinkedIn, Quora, Plaxo, Viadeo, XING – is Best for Your Business? Retrieved from http://ChristineHeuber.com.
- National Association of Social Workers (2008). Code of ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. Retrieved from http://www.naswdc.org/pubs/code/code.asp.
- Roth, G.A. (2010). Husband and wife get fired over YouTube video. AOL Jobs. Retrieved from http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2010/07/15/report-this-firing/.
- Zeevi, D. The ultimate history of facebook [INFOGRAPHIC]. February 21, 2013. Retrieved from (http://socialmediatoday.com/daniel-zeevi/1251026/ultimate-history-facebook-infographic.