In a recent study, researchers looked at 152 children aged 7 and 8 to understand shyness. They watched how the children acted, how their bodies reacted, and how they felt nervous while giving a speech. The results showed that around 10% of the children always felt very stressed and shy, which was connected to their natural personalities. Surprisingly, about 25% of the initially non-shy children felt more stressed in social situations during the speech.

Pérez-Edgar’s research mentioned that being shy is not a problem. However, about half of shy children may develop anxiety disorders, which can affect how they do in school, make friends, and take part in activities. Families should pay attention to signs of anxiety, especially in shy children.

Dr. Erika Chiappini suggests that parents describe their children’s behavior and normalize their feelings to help shy children overcome their avoidance of shyness. Gradually encouraging them to participate in various activities or social interactions can be helpful, as avoiding things can make anxiety worse. Doctors or counselors can also provide support through medicines and other methods.