Working behind the scenes in television tends to make WRC-TV sportscaster Martin Wyatt particularly concerned about his own children's television viewing.

"I know some of the yokels who are putting this trash together and what they think of humanity," sayd Wyatt, whose four children range in age from 1 month to 12 years. "I don't want them controlling the minds of my kids."

Wyatt is among television personalities (and concerned parents) who monitor their children's viewing habits.

"I don't let my kids watch any violent programs or any soap operas -- that's pablum, a narcotic," sayd Wyatt, who purchased a home viedo machine to provide his children with an alternative. "They can watch 'Roots,' or 'Star Wars' or 'The Wiz' over and over again."

WJLA-TV anchorman David Schoumacher used to distract his children from questionable TV programs by offering to take them out for ice cream or to a movie.

"Forbidding (TV) outright never works, except when children are very small," says Schoumacher, whose youngest child is now 14. "I believe you cannot control what kids will see and hear.

"We just encouraged them to see better shows, enjoy ballet and books and develop their own sense of taste and judgment. My work has always been news, so from a fairly young age they would see some pretty strong stuff.

"When I was in Vietnam they watched death and great tragedy, and we, my wife especially, would talk about it with them. It's better that they faced unpleasant things and discussed them with us than that we tried to hide them."

"You can't fight TV, so I don't censor programs," sayd Carol Randolph, host of WDVM's "Morning Break" and mother of a 16-year-old daughter. "Instead I watch it with her and use the shows as good conversation starters to discuss values.

"For example, I don't like her to watch beauty contests because I think they're racist. I tell her it galls me that year after year you only see one or two blacks, and they never win, and we'll discuss the concept of beauty. Or we might discuss how women are portrayed in a show.

"One of the biggest problems is dragging her in front of things I want her to see. Last year she had no interest in watching 'Holocaust,' but I insisted she watch, and after the program we had quite a discussion."

"Our 3-year-old daughter doesn't know that Saturday-morning cartoons exist," says David Newell, who portrays the Speedy Delivery Man on "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood," broadcast locally on WETA-TV.

"Our TV is not on as a companion for her, and my wife doesn't watch daytime TV. We limit our daughter's watching to 'Sesame Street,' 'Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood' and that's about it."

WDVM-TV newscaster Steve Gendel purchased a home video recorder so his four daughters (age 3 to 10) can view quality programs that are broadcast past their bedtimes.

"Some of the best things on TV are movies that start after 9 p.m.," says Gendel, who forbids his daughters to watch afternoon TV. "They can't watch just to watch. It has to be something worth watching."

ABC-TV anchorman Max Robinson says his 3-year-old is "not that interested in TV.

"We insist that he watch 'World News Tonight,'" jokes Robinson, whose son calls it "my daddy's news." "And he loves 'Sesame Street.' But he amuses himself in many ways with art and music, and he's not tied to the TV set."

"I think people forget that most of us in the business have children," says WRC-TV station manager Ann Berk, who just recently allowed her 10-year-old daughter to watch TV after 9 p.m. "We have the same concerns as other viewers.

"Some parents lay all the responsibility on TV itself, instead of looking at it as a selective process. I do make sure I know what my daughter's watching and try to watch with her."

Actor Bill Cosby, who holds a doctorate in education and has appeared on PBS children's shows, set up these rules for his five children's TV viewing:

"If there is no homework, they can watch TV. If there is no book that can be read, they can watch TV. If there is no conversation that can be had, then they can watch TV. If there is absolutely nothing to do outside in the fine country air we have, then they can watch TV.

"We will not allow them to watch shows that have cars running off the cliff, shows that have violence, shows that make sex a focal point, shows that belittle other people's religious beliefs -- either in favor of or opposed to someone's belief.

"And we try to keep them clear of shows that are consistently all-black or all-white or all-Oriental or whatever."