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"Scratch" will allow you to create a simple videogame and get some experience with basic programming concepts. After that there are some good resources for starting Python here.
I really feel for you. It must be devastating to see your son going through this. I have a 10-yr-old son and he has gone through a situation like this in the past, too. In our case, I talked to his teacher at his school and asked her to keep an eye on them and tell me if she witnessed something. (I got the OK from my son before I spoke with her.) This ...
Kahn academy has some very basic courses leading up to building simple games within an html5 canvas. It may be a place to start if he feels intimidated by the other options.
That is a tricky one, as I think it boils down to, "How do I motivate my child to actually do something he is interested in." You mentioned you have already tried, but he didn't follow through. I think it is all about motivation. I know personally, what motivated me to go to school and get into the Software Engineering field was working a crap job for a ...
Adding another option, GameMaker is also a fairly easy to get into program that is often used as a stepping stone for aspiring game developers. The base version is also free.
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