If nothing else, the two lenses - if they're in good shape - are satisfactory to use on kid's next camera if their interest level warrants an upgrade later. Plenty can be learned on a D40. Practice with it will pay off in improved skill. It will be fine for computer posting, TV viewing and making prints up to medium size. Better to get the D40 and teach the kid how to care for it and use it than to steer them down the P&S path IMHO. Doubt too many of their friends have any DSLR.