Let him have what he wants for now. If he figures out it's not all that good, then you can push a good camera in front of him. Hell, it's less than $20.
“You seek escape from pain. We seek the achievement of happiness. You exist for the sake of avoiding punishment. We exist for the sake of earning rewards. Threats will not make us function; fear is not our incentive. It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live.” - John Galt
Bill, If he is amenable to a different p&s to replace the old one I saw a pentax iqzoom 90 wr on the auction site for $35 shipped. I used to use those on construction sites for documentation and found them to be fairly decent little cameras for a p&s. I have no connection to the seller and have not done business with him but here is the link.http://www.ebay.com/itm/PENTAX-Zoom-...item43b5a05589
In our area, I would just take him shopping at our local thrift stores. $5 would buy any of a number of them. You could check them out for him and he could decide.
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
I know a fair bit about snowboarding and I have to be careful how much I steer what board my daughter gets. I will try to steer the choice towards a handful of boards that are OK and not too expensive and then I let her choose even if it is not one I am 100% crazy about (I am not keen on rockered boards if their are any shredders out there) because I know if she does not like it she will not snowboard. So if you are steering away from a camera male sure there is some buy in. Eg if he wants a yucky zoom you may want tort that ride. Most of us thought zooms were cool at some point.