The Internet is a mine of useful and useless knowledge. One could say it is a minefield of knowledge. So a key skill for a student, or any Internet user, should be the ability to validate claims on there. Are the things you read true, false, or just true to some extent? Do you ask yourself: How much of a claim is true, and is it relevant to your perspective?
A key research skill is validation of the “knowledge” you find. You can do this by going to: quality sites that are peer reviewed (preferably by experts in the given topic); leading industry publications and organisations; and official sites run by relevant experts and national / international authorities.
Don’t just take the word of a stranger, or a salesman 🙂 Common sense can also help to flag up something that may be inaccurate.
Should we explicitly help our students to develop this core skill, and if so how should we do it?