Allergies on Name Tags

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Chances are, you’ve dealt with allergies before. Maybe it’s just a bit of hay fever or you can’t eat nuts of any kind. Maybe bees are more than just a nuisance for you. The fact of the matter is that allergies affect millions of Americans every year, so odds are good that you or someone you know suffers from them. So, why not include allergies on name tags? Sure, a name tag allows you to see and remember someone’s name, but for catered events or for a child attending a new school, having allergy information in plain sight could prevent a disaster.

Allergy Facts

Allergies affect a large percentage of United States citizens. About 50 million Americans, or roughly 1 in 7 people, suffer from allergies each year.1 Of those individuals, 4.8 million children under the age of 18 reported food allergies in 2017.2 The reactions vary from mild hay fever to severe and life-threatening anaphylaxis which can include throat swelling, vomiting, and fainting among other symptoms that can result in death if not properly and promptly treated.3

Allergies can’t be cured, but exposure to allergens can be lessened or even avoided entirely. The importance of protecting someone from a potentially life-threatening and preventable situation cannot be understated. It is imperative to list allergies on personalized name tags for catered events and occasions where allergens could potentially pose a health risk.

Sharing Awareness

Man Regretting Eating a CookiePeople can be forgetful. Maybe a new school environment is overwhelming or someone gets caught up in the moment at a catered lunch. Having allergy information openly available on a name tag would help in preventing someone from experiencing a reaction. This would help not only that individual to remember and stay mindful but also aid others around them to ensure they don’t eat or touch something they shouldn’t. Openly sharing important health information keeps everyone aware.

Easy-to-Read Information

Additionally, featuring allergy concerns on name tags makes the information ready at a glance. What’s easier and more socially acceptable than reading a name tag? Name tags are meant to be read, so including important and relevant medical concerns could help curb and prevent potential problems. Having an eye-catching name tag personalized to someone’s health concerns not only individualizes him or her, but could also keep them safe from a dangerous allergic reaction.

Name Tag Wizard Can Help

Name Tag Wizard’s affordable name tags make it easy to include allergy concerns in the way that you need. Our Design Wizard allows you to personalize name tags to include the information you feel is necessary. Upload images to visually warn of food allergies or simply add text to one of the pre-designed templates. Name Tag Wizard provides the tools you need to design exciting and memorable ID badges while also ensuring people’s safety.

References:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/healthcommunication/ToolsTemplates/EntertainmentEd/Tips/Allergies.html
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/allergies.htm
  3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anaphylaxis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351468

Connect With Others by Celebrating National Name Tag Day

What’s in a Name?

From the day we’re born, our name becomes a core part of our identity. Names can have religious roots, family ties, cultural influences, or reveal trends of the moment (think Apple, Blue Ivy, North or Saint, even Pilot Inspektor). Our names are how we’re recognized by others and what we respond to. On our planet of more than 7.5 billion people, each one of us, and our name, is one of a kind!

What Is National Name Tag Day?

Name lovers everywhere will celebrate National Name Tag Day on March 7, 2019. National Name Tag Day, a part of Celebrate Your Name Week (CYNW),  is observed each year during the first full week of March. The premise is simple: everyone wears a name tag. Started by American onomatology enthusiast Jerry Hill as a way for people to celebrate and appreciate their names, CYNW includes Name Tag Day, Namesake Day, Name Fun Facts Day, Unique Names Day, Learn What Your Name Means Day, Middle Names Pride Day, and Genealogy Day. Hill believed that names should get the attention and recognition they deserve.

Many countries around the world celebrate names each year. Name days, as they’re commonly known, are predominantly European traditions that assign names to particular days of the year. Often, these days correspond to Christian celebrations of the feast days of saints. Small gifts are given and, in some countries, name days hold more significance than birthdays!

Why Wear Name Tags?

Imagine if everyone that crossed your path each day wore a name tag. Who would you meet? What kinds of stories or conversations would unfold? More days than not, we are more focused on the virtual people living inside our little blue screens rather than on the actual humans around us. We miss valuable opportunities to connect with others, share a few smiles, and perhaps meet someone who will change the trajectory of our lives in wonderful ways!

So, this year, take the time to add a dash of inspired human interaction to your day by proudly wearing a personalized name tag and celebrating the name that is uniquely yours!

Affordable Name Tag Options

At Name Tag Wizard, we’re passionate about names and offer a variety of the highest quality name tags, ID badges, and more. Whether you’re looking for full color name tags with your company’s logo, uniquely shaped name badges, engraved name tags or even name tags adorned with rhinestones, Name Tag Wizard is your one stop shop for quality, affordability, and fast, efficient service. Most orders ship next business day!

In celebration of National Name Tag Day, Name Tag Wizard is pleased to offer 50% off all name tags and photo ID badges for one day only, March 7, 2019. Simply use coupon code NATIONAL50 at checkout.

For more ways that name tags can bring us together, please see our related blog:

What’s in a Name? Turn Your Name Tags Into Conversation Starters

 

What’s in a Name? Turn Your Name Tags Into Conversation Starters

Thoughtful name tags provide a variety of benefits. As representatives of your company, employees are ambassadors for your business. Well-designed name tags will help personnel make a professional first impression, and they can inspire meaningful conversation between guests and staff. Name tags also are terrific options for special events such as conferences, family or class reunions, travel groups, or neighborhood block parties. Name tags are ideal for just about any group gathering, creativity is key!

No matter the reason name tags are worn, they offer many benefits and can be wonderful ways to get the conversations started. Wearing name tags can form a sense of community, create connections and interactive experiences, highlight employee accomplishments, display individuality, and create emotional connections. Name tags are often how you’ll be remembered by others.

Name Tags Aren’t Just for Names Anymore!

Starting the conversation is easy with a creatively designed name tag; curiosity will get that dialogue flowing! We’ve gathered some of our favorite name tag ideas to offer you a bit of communication inspiration.

Hometown

Most famously recognized from Walt Disney World and Disneyland cast member name tags, adding a person’s hometown beneath his or her name(Disney name tags include first names only because Walt Disney himself felt that referring to people by their first names helped to create a family friendly atmosphere) is meant to start a conversation about shared experiences or curiosity about an unknown place.

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Favorite City

Elaborating on the hometown theme, including a city or country that holds significance for the name tag bearer, is an imaginative adaptation. Perhaps it’s the location of a once-in-a-lifetime trip, the city where you ran your first marathon, or the first overseas country you visited. Sharing a memory inspires conversation!

County of Origin

No matter where in the world you live, you will always be connected to the place where you were born. Especially if you’re working in a different country, sharing this information can be a terrific conversation starter.

Nickname

Every name has a story! Nicknames often come by way of an amusing memory that would make an entertaining story for sharing with others.

Position

Add a bit of creativity when including job positions on name tags. Rather than Human Resources Manager, how about Chief People Officer? If barista is a bit too boring, try barista extraordinaire. Instead of the standard Communications Manager, try Ambassador of Communications. You also can set the tone throughout your company by taking a nod from The Walt Disney Company, where staff are known as cast members rather than employees.

Numbers

Add a bit of number fun to name tags by including the date of that special milestone or memory. Perhaps it’s the day of your first skydiving adventure or the day you first saw snow. Or simply add a single number that represents how many miles you’ve logged as a runner or how many pizza slices you conquered in that pie eating contest. No matter the number, curiosity is sure to start a conversation.

Activities

Share a favorite hobby or activity on your name tag. Whether you’re a movie buff, a travel enthusiast, or a resident bookworm, you’re sure to inspire a conversation with someone new. You may even discover a fellow moviegoer or the newest member of your book club!

In addition to interesting text, consider the name badges themselves. Imaginatively designing the outline of your name tags will add visual appeal while making your brand memorable. Specially shaped name tags can range from sea life and zoo animals to cupcakes or leaves, let your imagination be your guide!

 

10 Halloween Costume Ideas Under $15

Not a fan of spending a lot on a costume you will only wear once? Holidays can get expensive fast. So, how you do you prepare for all the spooky festivities without getting a whole new outfit? You make one!

For some people it’s easy to scare up some creative ideas and make a DIY Halloween costume. For others, coming up with an original or interesting costume seems impossible. For either party, the goal is to avoid the embarrassing moment when someone asks, “SO, WHO ARE YOU?”

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NameTagWizard.com has the solution: Add a themed name tag to your costume so there is no question about who you are dressed up as.

Designing a name tag for a character you have already picked out is simple. You can pick out background color, font, size and text. Order a custom name tag as the finishing touch to your homemade costume. One you complete your home-made look with a custom name tag, you will eliminate any costume confusion.

If you have not settled on an unforgettable and affordable costume for Halloween 2018 yet, explore these fun and easy, just-add-a-name-tag ideas:

1. Jake From State Farm

Get a costume that is the perfect blend of laziness and humor with a Jake from State Farm name tag and outfit. Your part in putting together the costume is simple. All you have to supply as far as clothing is a red shirt (preferably a polo, though you can use a button down if necessary) and khakis. The name tag (or a Hello My Name Is Sticker) will clue people in on the joke.Jake from State Farm

Optional Props:

  • Headset
  • Landline phone

2. Dustin Henderson

Calling all Netflix fans! It’s time to dress up as Dustin Henderson from Stranger Things. Do you have a trucker hat, curly hair and a spare backpack? That’s really all you need once you have the Hawkins Middle School ID.

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Throw on any vintage looking tee (solid, brightly colored shirts in green, yellow or red work well). Maybe add a thrift store jacket (a windbreaker, jean jacket or hoodie), and you will be set.  Want to get really into character? Get a fake lizard from a toy store and let the tail hang out of the backpack zipper.

3. Joyce Byers

Are you a Winona Ryder fan and lover of the 80s? Keep up the Stranger Things trend with a Joyce Byers look. If you have bangs and mid-length brown hair, you are already on your way to being the full-fledged alphabet crazed, beloved basket case mom from the show. You don’t need all of these items to be convincing (especially if you have the Joyce name tag), but if you really want to get into character, go for it. Dig through your closet to find as many of these items as you can.

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Here is your Joyce Byers check list:

  • Green cargo jacket
  • Striped shirt (a maroon and white shirt will really set the scene but any striped shirt can give that 80s vibe)
  • A dark blue work vest or button down shirt can be worn for her work look
  • Dark jeans (roll up the ends to give a more dated look)
  • ConverseJoyce Byers

Optional Props:

  • Rotary phone
  • Plastic axe
  • Christmas lights

The Christmas lights are a critical part of this look. Make it look like the lights got haphazardly twisted around you. The more chaotic the look, the better.  Finalize your look by making sure your hair is good and messy.

4. Dr. Acula

If you are a fan of the single article of clothing and simple name tag strategy, then the Dr. Acula look might be perfect for you. All it takes is a lab coat and commitment to the character. If you don’t have a lab coat, you can also wear a pair of super comfy scrubs. This costume is perfect for adding a little bit of dramatic flair and trying a Transylvanian accent.

Dr. AculaOptional Props:

  • Fangs
  • Stethoscope
  • Red paint

5. Shaun of the Dead

Do you have a business dress code at work? If so, this costume should work well for you. It’s in the same vein of the undead. Zombie fans everywhere get excited about the cult classic Shaun of the Dead.

Shaun of the DeadFor your easy to create costume, all you need is a white button down shirt, red tie and Foree Electric Shaun name tag. Depending on what point in the movie you want to represent (and your level of attachment to your white shirt) you can add ketchup or red paint to your outfit.

Optional props:

  • Wooden cricket paddle
  • Zombies

6. Real Housewives of YOUR CITY

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Are you a reality TV addict and fan of all that is glamourous?  Do you love big hair, floor length gowns and all that drama?  This outfit is for a confident woman. It’s time to raise awareness for The Real Housewives of your city. Grab your friends and customize Real Housewives name tags that show pride for the city you live in. One you have the name tag, all you need is to put on your trendiest outfit, full makeup and enough attitude to shake up a dinner party.

 

*Works best as a costume group!

7. FLO

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While dressing as a Real Housewife of New York means looking like someone everyone loves to hate, there are other costumes that are much friendlier. There’s no party hit quite like an overly cheerful FLO, everyone’s favorite Progressive Salesman. You bring your own zest to the personality and then wear all white, an apron and this FLO name tag. Getting the hair down will also help sell this character. A thick, navy headband and dark lipstick will go a long way. All you’ll have to do is show up and put on that big smile. Do you love insurance?Flo Name Tag

Optional props:

  • Megaphone
  • Passion for Insurance

8. Superhero Alias

Do you own a suit, have a passion for comic books and feel like dressing like an orphan with superpowers? Whether you’re on the DC or Marvel side of the universe (or both – it is possible), you have alter ego superhero name tag options. Without getting into full gear – wearing a complete body suit, cape and mask is quite a commitment – you can still give a nod to the crime fighters and heroes that inspired you throughout childhood and into adulthood.

Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne, Tony StarkPeter Parker – This one really only demands glasses and a camera. Rather than going full suit and tie, a hoodie and button down is enough to represent the New York City reject orphan and photographer.

Bruce Wayne – Bring that billionaire swagger to the table. Channel your status as the owner of Wayne Enterprises and keep a butler nearby. Adding a batman shirt underneath your suit can help sell the look.

Tony Stark – Playing Stark also gives you a chance to play a wealthy businessman. Only this time, you’re heading up Stark Industries with a passion for all things tech.

Optional Props:

  • Web shooters for scaling buildings and defying gravity
  • Batmobile
  • Iron Man Suit

9. Supermom

SupermomYou may not need a bodysuit but it certainly takes super powers to handle the everyday. Build your own superhero costume or wear your everyday clothes and add a badge that says it all: You are Supermom.

Optional Props:

  • Superchildren

10. The Name Tag Says It All

Here’s one last costume for that one person that really doesn’t want to dress up, but still has a party to attend. Stop people from asking if your forgot your costume by wearing this name tag. It provides a simple explanation for showing up in a basic shirt and jeans. All you need to know is:

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Protecting Students’ Right to Privacy

As schools are implementing new policies using student photo IDs and digital IDs, there is rising concern that students, parents, and school administrators may not be aware of how these new IDs could make private information accessible to others. The changes in ID use and advances in technology may significantly infringe on students’ privacy rights.

Many schools, from kindergartens to colleges, require that students and personnel wear some form of ID at all times. There are various types of IDs available, including photo IDs on lanyards or clips, cards with radio frequency identification chips (RFIDs), and wearable devices that replace physical badges.

It may seem like schools are simply updating their ID policies and security systems. Using photo IDs provides another layer of protection to help prevent strangers from intruding on school campuses. Digital IDs track who is in attendance and allow students to make various purchases, such as lunches or school supplies. But although new IDs offer convenience, students, parents, and teachers may feel less secure knowing the increase in potential risks.

When a chip is a necessity to students – allowing students to enter dorms or buy food in the cafeteria – some might consider privacy to be jeopardized.

Setting Limits

Schools now are able to gather extensive data about attendees. With new IDs, institutions have access to more student information, such as photo databases, attendance records, and students’ physical locations.  But how much information should schools be allowed to collect about students? Are enough safeguards in place to prevent schools from sharing this information with outside parties?

Some limitations for using new technology are already in place due to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) laws. FERPA laws are designed to keep student information, such as educational records and other student information, private. These laws prohibit third parties from accessing student information.

However, educational institutions are still able disclose certain student information. Schools can disclose information that it deems “not harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed,” according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Photo IDs

Student photos can be considered directory information, according to FERPA Guidance from the US Department of Education. A significant concern among parents is that directory information can be released to outside organizations without parental consent. Sharing this personal information is not considered an invasion of privacy.

Parents and students can choose to notify schools in writing that they wish to opt out of directory information disclosures. The question then becomes whether or not parents and students are aware that personal information may be shared. Are they aware that they have the right to opt out?

Online photo directories can pose problems as well. When student photos are used for IDs, images may be stored in an online directory. While school websites post policies regarding student photo ID usage, there is no guarantee that the policies will be upheld.

Additionally, even though there may be ways to further restrict privacy settings for these photos, students may overlook or not even realize that photos are part of an accessible directory.

Digital IDs

Apple recently developed student IDs that are part of wearable technology. These digital ID chips are stored in i Phones and Apple Watches. According to Edsurge.com, digital IDs will be used this fall at Duke University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Alabama.

With new ID technology, more information sharing is possible. The tracking used in RFID devices and wearable technology reveals specific student locations. Certain types of chips even have the capacity to gather information during times when students are not in class or even on campus.

The technological capabilities of digital IDs have even more potential for invasion of privacy. This type of data collection could be used to evaluate and predict student patterns and behaviors.  Some feel this closer look into students’ private lives is invasive, unwarranted, and even illegal.

Should every on-campus activity and location pattern be accessible to student institutions or technology companies developing these IDs? Or anyone else? Is an institution-imposed location or monitoring time limit enough to prevent schools – or third party technology developers – from accessing personal information regarding the physical location of each student?

Administrators, parents, and students may be unaware of how personal information could potentially be obtained when implementing new ID policies and procedures. While student safety may be the overarching goal for new photo policies and IDs with digital tracking, students’ rights to privacy and safety could be significantly threatened. Without the proper safeguards in place, photo database use and chip technology can be hazards to protecting student privacy and safety.

 

Resources:

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2018-06-06-apple-s-new-digital-student-ids-raise-questions-about-security
http://www.naceweb.org/public-policy-and-legal/legal-issues/ferpa-primer-the-basics-and-beyond/
https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/mndirectoryinfo.html