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As I said in a book I wrong a while back, if you want to ruin a child's interest in photography, give them a camera made for "kids." Usually 5-10 year old technology and a poor lens.
I see tons of used 3 - 5 MP Kodaks (fixed focus, SD card) for under five dollars at Goodwill, etc. Tap up the battery compartment and the SD card door and let then use that!
Like Lake Wobegon, but without the lake.