I was hoping that the article could give some good tips for elementary age students, but it went into middle and high school level students. I have had students research in my class before. What I have done in order to avoid any problems that kids might encounter online, I create a google doc with a list of sights that I have found to be appropriate and with relevant information for what my class is researching. This works well in 5th - 6th grades.
Another KQED article that I read was "Strategies to Help Students 'Go Deep' When Reading Digitally". Now that students are reading more online, we need to prepare them with skills to help them read carefully for meaning. When reading online, the distraction happens by skipping throughout the text, or writing chats, amongst many other distractions. The article gives suggestions on how to minimize this by highlighting the text online. The teacher goes through a couple of activities having students highlight words needed to clarify, have a discussion, then proceed with highlighting main ideas, and so on. Students can also use a google doc to put their highlighted information and have shared discussions. The highlighting strategy allows for a reader to slow down and to actually pay close attention to the meaning of the text.
The article also suggests to use the document outline tool in google docs, create headings, and add the information read. This will help the teacher all see if the student actually understood the information based to the notes that are populated. This information is great and helpful. I can see myself using this strategy with my 4th or 5th graders to help them with their reading online. I might use something like a scholastic article, where it tends to be so busy online, and help them narrow down to the actual meaning of the text, and not just the colorful pictures all around it.