Re: crossbow for kids
For a crossbow that is gonna be shot alot and maybe used for hunting, I would opt for a Excalibur. Basically, they are bit lighter up front and ultra reliable.
They make several lighter models that are relatively easy to cock with a rope cocker and a cinch with a crank. Look at the Vixen or Axiom. All the power that is needed for hunting and still fun to shoot.
Unfortuantely, once you start talking hunting bows, the prices go up. The Excalibur will serve you both for many, many years.
I support all hunters, regardless of weapon or technique!