Doctors warned about risk of ‘Facebook flirts’

Doctors are being warned not to respond to flirtatious approaches on social networking sites.

The Medical Defence Union, a legal body for doctors, said communicating via sites such as Facebook may be a breach of ethical responsibilities.

It issued the warning after a number of cases in which patients propositioned doctors after searching for their details on the internet.

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Teachers and lecturers may want to think about how they use Facebook in light of this; and it would be advised that they check their visibility and security settings in Facebook.

This is not about not using Facebook, I know many teachers who do, but to consider the implications of sharing information beyond your Facebook friends, and what information is available publicly.

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