Is your teen one of the shy ones? There’s nothing inherently wrong with being introverted. In fact it can be a strength, but the teen years are already a time when kids tend to become much more self-conscious as they are developing their own identities. A 2011 National Institute of Mental Health study reported that about 50% of teens identify themselves as shy. Helping your teen overcome shyness through leadership development can help them feel less social anxiety and academic stress.