Is there an ethical dilemma?
Social work 320-710
Alex is a social worker for a non-profit agency that provides services for young adults, ages 18 to 21 years old. An issue of concern for the agency is frequently missed appointments. As one means of addressing this issue, the director wants to list the agency as a “check-in” site on Foursquare. She believes the social gameplay aspect of the site is a way to engage the youthful population that is served, as well as increase visibility for the agency. As she explained to the staff, users of Foursquare, a geo-location social networking site, can “check-in” while visiting a venue by accessing the app on a mobile device. Each check-in rewards users with points and or “badges.” The director hopes that incentivizing visits to the agency through this social networking site will result in greater compliance with appointments. She tells the staff that a client’s use of Foursquare would be completely voluntary as would be the decision to disclose his or her whereabouts. (Chernack, 2012)
Answer the following questions:
1. Is there an ethical dilemma? If so, what are the ethical dilemmas presented in this video? Support your answer using the NASW code of ethics or the ASWB Technology Standards (located on the optional resources page).
2. What are Alex’s options?
3. What would you do in this situation?
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