I realise this is always going to be a bit of an uphill task, but you could do a lot worse than pointing said whinger in the direction of Malala Yousafzai, who recently became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Seventeen years of age, and a Nobel laureate. Pretty damned good.

This young woman achieved international fame some 5 years ago, when she published her diary of life in Northwest Pakistan under the rule of the Taliban. It’s a harrowing and heartfelt account of how she dared to stand up to the bullyboys and insist on her right to an education. This displeased certain elements, and alas nobody can regard this attitude as lunatic fringe, it’s Taliban mainstream. A gunman got on the school bus and shot Ms Yousafzai in the head. Two other girls were injured too. Bloody but unbowed, she recovered and continued to be a very strong, nay indomitable, advocate for education for girls and young women. She deserves the recognition.

Which brings me back to whingeing teens. Having an early model iPhone is not a catastrophe. Nobody died of not having the latest trainers. I think you’ve got something to whinge about when an anonymous gunman shoots you in the head for no reason other than that you’re a girl demanding to be allowed to better herself. I reckon that might just count as a valid reason.

It takes a very odd mindset indeed for an armed man to be scared of a girl with a book. A girl with a book, a mind of her own, and the courage to face down religious bigotry, violent attackers, and critics with all the decency and brainpower of a hyena.