Is the TV off during dinner?
Growing up, we never had the TV (or anything else) on during dinner. When I was married to my ex and we had his teenage daughter and I understood why. Was our appetite changing? More or less attitude than normal? How were we talking about school? Friends? Teachers? Life in general?
It was a time for my parents to do a check without poking and prodding too much, it made perfect sense to me once the stepdaughter started doing drugs, sneaking out, skipping school. There were slight changes in her behavior that threw those red flags up and dinner time was the perfect time to notice those changes without distraction of television. On a positive note, it was just a good time to catch up. To say hello without our faces being stuck in a book or a video game.
Do you allow electronics to be on during dinner time?