Why not get him what he thinks it's perfect?

If he's in high school, he is well into establishing his own identity. Right or not, that's what he wants.

You could give him a Haseelblad Super EX-Plus with f/1.2 10 - 280 mm premium zoom with 4000 guide-number nuclear flash but hey... He wants a p&s. There's nothing wrong with that. When he feels the limitation of what he has chosen, he'll be in better position to want something else and he'll appreciate it that much more.

I'm sort of against choosing the best for him based on our ideas.