I taught my daughters to drive with a stick shift. They had no problem transitioning to an automatic and they can easily drive both. My granddaughter learned how to drive with an automatic. She never got the hang of it when I tried to teach her how to drive a stick shift. I see a lesson here for those who want to teach a newbie.
Newbies don’t get interested in photography and cameras because they are dying to understand the exposure triangle. I think they are thinking art and vision. Starting with some form of auto is fine. They will learn the rest as their interest grows.