Challenges of Emerging Technology: Social Networking and Texting in Pediatric Neuropsychology Practice


In today’s digital era, neuropsychologists are likely to use social media and social networking in their clinical work, yet there have been few policies and guidelines on best practices for online behavior of neuropsychologists. Both personal and professional social networking can raise ethical and legal issues in day-to-day practice. These issues relate to privacy and confidentiality, informed consent, blurring of professional boundaries, and searching online for client information. This article examines and discusses potential benefits, risks, and safeguards of digital communication, which includes text messaging, social media, social networking, and other web-based resources. An ethical problem-solving process is presented for neuropsychologists when deciding to use social networking with clients. Further, this article provides strategies and recommendations that graduate trainers, field supervisors, and employers can use to lead discussions on ethical decision-making. Future research and directions in this topic are outlined in light of the ethical issues that neuropsychologists may encounter in professional training and practice.

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Pham, A.V., Goforth, A.N., Segool, N. et al. Challenges of Emerging Technology: Social Networking and Texting in Pediatric Neuropsychology Practice. J Pediatr Neuropsychol 4, 16–26 (2018).

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  • Social media
  • Internet
  • Ethics
  • Telehealth
  • Digital communication