Maybe only detune the contact points, however, I didn't with my kids. It might be a bit easier to learn but in the longer run, the kids will develop better skills by forcing them to be more precise; besides they don't know any better. When my daughter was learning at 7, we did alot incorrectly...like she learned switch and rode that way for the first 2 years then actually we figured out she was really goofy. Then 9-11 she had this insanely big ass stiff board...option bella 148, came up to the top of her head, she was a good 15-20 lbs under-weight; and then I made some 20mm risers so that she could edge the thing...which only made it worse...she really had to learn how to precisely work the edges. The first year that bella kicked her ass, the second year she learned to make it work and the third year (it actually fit her) she was throwing it around like a park board, straight line bombs and eventually retired it due to delaming the tail. Anyway all this forced her to become confident, smooth and frickin fast.