Published: Sep 03, 2014 6:25 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 03, 2014 6:35 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- With the 2014 school year underway, new phone apps that aim to combat bullying are gaining a lot of attention.

Bullying can have serious consequences and parents are always looking for ways to help their kids prevent it.

Danielle Linhart's son is a freshman at Fort Myers High School. She says her son has been a victim of bullying.

"My son went through it in middle school, and we dealt with it through the school, but it would be nice to have an extra helping hand," said Linhart.

Linhart's son Alex likes the idea of reporting bullying and still having a sense of privacy.

However, Doctor Omar Rieche says apps aren't necessarily the answer.

Apps may give a false sense of security for the child, or the kid that's being bullied.

He says if the bullying escalates, kids may over-rely on the technology.

Yet Doctor Rieche does see a silver lining. He says talking about bullying isn't easy for kids and apps may help them.

"I think it's a good introduction for kids that need something to start, like a gateway kind of way to start feeling like they can advocate for themselves," said Rieche.

For kids like Alex, the apps bring some hope. "I feel that it will help awareness of it and help stop it."