His mom just bought him one without asking me. I have no experience with this stuff, any suggestion on where and how to properly train and use safely?? They are the rounded tips and a kids bow. He is only 11. Thanks any info would be helpful.
Check the thread on Bow Practice Target? and make a box target and set it up in your basement or backyard. Go to the library and get a book on traditional archery--means no compound bows with levers and gears--and just go out and shoot. You learn from your mistakes and after awhile you'll progress to a heavier bow (more pull required to draw it back) and longer arrows and farther targets.
Start real close to the target, say 6 feet and shoot from there, once he starts putting all his arrows into the target step back another 2 yards and try from there and then another 2 yards and another until you're back to 20 and then 30 yards. If you don’t have the room you can make the bullseye smaller and then when he’s hitting that make it smaller again.
Try hitting a quarter coin sized target from twenty yards, even from ten yards.
Get a good forearm protector for his off hand (holds the bow) and a glove or finger tabs for the draw hand as a safety factor and to make it far more enjoyable to shoot and for longer periods of time. Stay away from that piece of flat leather with the slit in it, yes it is traditional as Hell but it’s also a pain to manipulate. You might want to get a cheap quiver for his arrows, maybe a belt model usually called hip sheaths. Keeps his arrows handy and prevents breakage to some degree as they won’t be laying around for you to step on. That’s about it. Have fun and enjoy!