actually if u think ur kid has great photographic potential jus get a beginner's DSLR. even d cheapest DSLR has its advantage over pro-sumers.
regardless of the type of cam, mayb should think in terms of pros & cons of each system. mayb a prosumer could be the ideal choice too. i remembered Panasonic's FZ50 going at a discount not too long ago. it does handle like a (manual zoom & focus ring) DSLR w/ the advantages of a viewable swivel LCD for those low angle shots.
oh, mayb some should remind the TS tt tt CCD/CMOS is betta protected if lenses cant be removed.