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Social anxiety or social phobia is usually defined as extreme fear of being humiliated or embarrassed in social situations.  It primarily starts in early adolescence but in some cases it can be seen from early childhood also. Children with social anxiety may appear to be introverts. They also may seem quite in public places rather than when they are alone or at home. The prime reason for this is fear. They are scared that if they say something people might laugh at them and make a joke of them. This prevents them from saying anything and their anxiety increases.

Shyness is not the same as having social anxiety. Shy people do not avoid social gathering and public places as opposed to people with social anxiety.  Social phobia disrupts a child’s normal life, interfering with school or social relationships. Parents often tend to misinterpret the early signs of social anxiety. They usually being to think that it is just their child’s tantrum or they are shy. There have been cases where parents misinterpret social anxiety to depression.

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Parents should not jump to conclusions. They should observe the symptoms of social anxiety in their children very carefully. They should map down the difference in their behavior outside the comfort of their home and in their house. Some of the common symptoms that can be seen in children with social anxiety include avoiding school events. Children also avoid new faces or people because they fear getting humiliated by them. It is also often seen that they are sad in social events or gathering but completely opposite when they are at home or with the people they know.

Parents should understand that this is not a mental disorder. They should not treat their children any different because of it. They should just take measure to help their children overcome this. We all know that parents play a very important part in their children’s character building. Hence parents should find to slowly make their children have lesser social anxiety as time passes.

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Parents should try and teach appropriate social skills to their children who lack knowledge of social situations and appropriate social behaviors.  They should guide their children to identify the things and feelings that bring out the anxiety in them. In that way parents can find alternative solutions for their children so that they do not feel uncomfortable. Parents should also try to tell their children to be more positive and think rationally in social gatherings. They should be told not to think of getting humiliated but of having a good time.

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In extreme cases there are various therapies that are available to children. Those therapies can help children overcome their social anxiety in an effective manner and also prevent it from returning. Parents should carefully analyze the condition of their children and take the appropriate measures for the same. This will benefit their children drastically and help them in being more comfortable around new people.

Author: Niketha Mohan

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