How does anxiety exhibit itself in the classroom? Anxiety in children is shown in different ways according to age of the child. In elementary school children social anxiety presents itself as a difficulty or extreme reluctance to: read aloud or answer questions; begin or participate in group discussions; write answers on the blackboard; and perform music or athletics activities. Teenagers symptoms of anxiety include additional things such as: skipping school; drug or alcohol abuse; fear of public speaking; difficulties in dating or employment; and fears of using public restrooms. These symptoms must have been present for at least six months, the children must have demonstrated in the past a capacity for age-appropriate interactions and the anxiety must be present in their interactions with peers as well as adults to be classified as social anxiety.