I always buy my grandkids their first guns...so far they have all been Ruger 10-22s. I love the 10-22. Its a good starter gun. I have 3 brand new ones in my safe right now...2 for the 2 year old twins in Alaska and 1 for my unborn grandchild due sometime in November. I have 4 kids...we are quite open about shooting and always have been. My kids all shoot.
Of course...just because 3 of my grandkids already have the guns and 2 of them have shot their guns, doesnt mean they are storing them under their beds. Their parents manage the firearms.
My wifes mom clenches up at the thought of it, but other than that...pretty much everyone in the family shoots. Its just not that big a deal.
I learned to shoot on the same Winchester Model 1906 that my kids did...its also sitting in the safe. Still a great shooting little gun.