I think its a great way to spend QT with your son Or daughter. My son got his pellet gun at 5, and firearm training began , there are online safety quizzes that are geared towards kids ( NRA website has a good one) study together, makes it fun, all the while stressing the importance of gun safety. My son was never allowed to "play" with his pellet gun, ( nerf guns etc. for that). This christmas he got his mossberg 702 plinkster .22, ( he also shoots my .40 and sks and pump 12 gauge)and am amazed at the level of responsibility he shows. He does get to keep it in his room, cartridges locked up with me of course. We go shooting every weekend, love it,, He and I take it very seriously, hell, he is safer and more knowledgeable than many adults at the range. With all this said,,,, he is still a kid and we know how we were when young, so while I trust him, I also trust him to be a kid and am very vigilant with the ammo( and the key to his cable lock) long story short, be smart and teach by example and you will have the best shooting buddy there is..