I have heard of videos and courses that teach children about firearm safety and how to handle firearms, but have never watched or evaluated any. I've know that the US National Rifle Association (NRA) puts out some material. Has anyone used these with their children? What approaches are most effective in teaching safety and marksmanship to young firearms users?
Firearm safety must begin in the home. Your children will naturally emulate your behavior (especially what you do when you think they aren't looking).
For formal instruction, I do not believe that there is anything to be gained for the first time firearm user from videos and other recorded media. Base firearm skills aren't just techniques, they are habits. Developing the right habits (range behavior, safety precautions, posture, etc.) requires constant correction and refinement. Watching an instructional video may make your child less safe, providing an illusion to child and parent alike that skills have been gained when they haven't. Confidence in excess of actual competence is a dangerous thing.
When evaluating firearm instruction, consider the following: