By Chelsea, age 15, Virginia
Sweet Designs Featured Writer

Sexting - we've all heard of it, and as much as you may think so, it's NOT cool. For those of you who are unaware of what sexting is, it's when you send nude pictures over your cell phone. You may do it to impress a boy, or because your boyfriend really wants you to, but whatever your reason, it's not worth it. Sexting could get you suspended or expelled from school and even charged with manufacturing and distributing child pornography. That's right, you could get in trouble with the law.

So you think it'll never happen to you? Think again. When you send a picture to a boy, he will show it to someone else. Then they'll show it to someone else. And there you go, you've got an audience. Eventually an adult is going to see it and start asking questions. Then all those people who've showed it around and you are in trouble.

Mary* was a popular cheerleader in the 9th grade at my school. She had lots of friends and made good grades. She had a bright future ahead of her. Well, Mary liked a boy on the baseball team, but he wouldn't date her. So she figured if she showed him what he wanted, he would. She took pornographic videos of herself and sent them to him. He sent them to the entire baseball team, and within a week it was circulating around the high school. Parents and teachers found out, and Mary was brought in for questioning. She, the boy, and members of the team were all expelled from school and had to go to court. They were charged with years in jail and fines.

This is a true story, and she made a bad name for our school and cheerleading squad. Now she is shunned at school. Do you want this to happen to you? Then think before you send ANYTHING. It can be traced.

*Name has been changed.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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