Ditto. Gave my 8yr old a Penn 330gti to use on his first trip. He also used it the 2nd trip. I started to look for him a reel of his own once I knew he liked the fishing, then realized he was pretty much already using the best out there for a kid. I would go with the 330 over the smaller penns due to line capacity. It holds about 300yds of 30lb. Bulletproof levelwind reel, and not expensive.
I agree with bounty...I have 2 that myself and my 17 yr old son have
been using for about 5 yrs with absolutely no problems. They have been dunked in the surf I don't no how many times and are still kick'in. I even think BassPro has a pretty good deal on a combo. I bought both of mine on Ebay used 2for $95.