I have to disagree with starting with C or C++. Sure it's an excellent programming language, however, IMO something a little bit easier to crasp would work better in the long run. Just my two cents.
// Hello World in C++ (pre-ISO)
cout << "Hello World!" << endl;
# Hello World in Python
print "Hello World"
Which looks like it would be simpler to understand for someone starting off with programming.
Hello World in Visual Basic 6
Private Sub Form_Load()
Print "Hello World"